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Calls grow for Japan to declare state of emergency over coronavirus

via The Japan Times    Mar 31, 2020

Calls are increasing for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to declare a state of emergency amid coronavirus crisis. | KYODO

Calls are growing for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to declare a state of emergency to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus before it is ...

WHO to work toward success of Tokyo Olympics, Tedros tells Abe

via The Japan Times    Mar 31, 2020

The headquarters of the World Health Organization in Geneva | KYODO

The head of the World Health Organization told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday that he wants to make preparations with Japan for the “success” ...

Japan advises against travel to 49 more nations, including U.S.

via The Japan Times    Mar 31, 2020

The international arrival lobby of Tokyo's Haneda Airport is mostly empty Monday. | KYODO

Japan on Tuesday warned citizens to avoid all travel to 49 more countries and regions including the United States, China, South Korea and Taiwan amid ...

The Japanese words used to encourage self-restraint

By Shaun Mckenna
- via The Japan Times    Mar 31, 2020

Self-restraint, please: A security person stands guard at the famed street of cherry blossoms in Tokyo's Ueno Park, which is closed as a safety precaution against the new coronavirus. | AP

As concern over the new coronavirus increases so does a Japanese learner's vocabulary. Get to know the words that are most commonly being used in ...

Local governments short on volunteer interpreters in emergencies

via The Japan Times    Mar 31, 2020

A photo taken last month shows Duong Hong Phong, a Vietnamese man studying in Japan, showing an emergency alert he received when a major typhoon hit eastern Japan in October. | KYODO

A Kyodo story looks at the lack of multilingual volunteers that would be able to help Southeast Asian communities in Japan in an emergency.

The ‘ni ataranai’ structure is actually a grammar point that’s worth learning

By Amemi Tanahashi,Hitomi Toshiro
- via The Japan Times    Mar 31, 2020

Masks on: The term

The terms "ni(wa) ataranai" and "made mo nai/naku" point out things that aren't worth doing, but they have slightly different nuances.

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