Hello everybody, it’s been awhile. Happy New Year! Frohes Neues Jahr! 明けましておめでとうございます！2021 is here, and in many respects not much has changed since 2020. But why should it, we are only about a week in after all. Todays post is more akin to an announcement, which is exciting, I always wanted to do one of those. I’ll also talk briefly about Corona.
First, I am going to start a new category about traveling to Japan. While the sites main focus is still going to be on working and living, not traveling, I am going to post the occasional article about travel to Japan as well. Frankly, I have a feeling that I am going to run out of things to write about at some point if I stick to only articles about working and living in Japan, so going forward I might diversify even further and write about all kinds of stuff.
For now though, the first new category will be about traveling to and around Japan. To be honest, not too much is decided yet, due to Corona you can’t travel to Japan anyway. But hopefully I’ll still be able to find something interesting to write about, and give you a bit of a virtual traveling experience, or help you stave of Corona-induced depression by planning your next travel once this is all over.
The Coronavirus in Japan
That brings me on to my next point, the current state of things in Japan. Since November last year, virus infections have been rapidly going up. This week Japan has been hitting numbers of over 6000 new infections multiple days in a row. The country had been fine for most of last year, but it looks like finally “shit is about to get real”, as it were. Starting from today, a state of emergency is in effect in Tokyo and the surrounding areas but measures taken to combat the virus appear to be somewhat toothless. Restaurants and bars have been requested to close at 8 p.m. and stop serving alcohol from 7 p.m., and companies have been requested to implement teleworking as much as possible and try to reduce people coming into the office by about 70%. But you have read correctly, those are merely requests and there are likely going to be many establishments and companies who will simply ignore them. I am skeptical whether these measures will be enough to prevent a further spread of the virus. In other countries like Germany, for example, restaurants and bars have been required to completely close shop since November and infection numbers have not been going down.
Anyways, I will be working from home for the foreseeable future. I will keep you posted about further developments in the Coronavirus situation in Japan. I hope that, now more than ever perhaps, there are at least some of you out there that enjoy my content and keep coming back for more information surrounding Japan. Stay safe everybody.