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People suffering from hay fever may become infected with the coronavirus by using hands that had come in contact with the virus to rub the irritated areas of the eyes and nose, where areas of mucous membranes are located.

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Prof Kimihiro Okubo, an expert in hay fever treatment at Nippon Medical School Hospital’s otolaryngology department. He says hay fever sufferers will likely need to take extra measures this year amid the pandemic as thorough ventilation is sure to bring more pollen indoors and rubbing itchy eyes increases coronavirus infection… Read

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We’re confident that people will choose an attractive neighborhood even if working from home becomes more widespread due to the pandemic. We’re determined to create an exciting neighborhood that people feel like going to.

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Yuka Ito, a PR spokesperson for Mori Building Co, referring to the 8.1-hectare redevelopment project straddling the Toranomon and Azabudai districts in Tokyo's Minato Ward. Three skyscrapers and a low-rise building will accommodate condominiums, an international school, a food market and a medical facility, in addition to offices and a… Read

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By introducing the subject teacher system for fifth and sixth graders, it will be possible to provide students with detailed guidance, and the quality of classes will improve, especially English, science and math.

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A spokesperson for the education ministry's Central Council for Education which is recommending the full-scale introduction of a subject teacher system in the upper grades of elementary schools by the 2022 school year. Currently, most elementary schools have a class teacher system in which a homeroom teacher teaches almost all… Read

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The Suga administration is seen as being a bit slow on the vaccine and virus policy in general. Sometimes you need a knack for moving things forward, and if you want to do that, Kono is the right person.

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Tsuneo Watanabe, a senior fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Tokyo. He says Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is finding himself being eclipsed by cabinet member Taro Kono, an outspoken politician appointed to lead an imminent vaccine rollout. Polls show Kono is already voters’ favorite to become prime minister, ahead… Read

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When communicating with the hearing-impaired, we hope people will make adjustments to their habits and proactively use body language.

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An official with the Dialogue Japan Society, commenting on a poll it conducted. More than 60% of hearing-impaired people said they felt anxiety about their work or school situations as face masks hinder communication. Read

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The size of a tumor doubles in two to three months for patients in advanced stages of stomach, colon or esophagus cancer. You should not avoid a checkup.

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Yuichiro Doki, chairman of the Japan Society of Clinical Oncology and head of Osaka University Hospital, warning that cancer diagnoses might come too late for certain patients who skip examinations out of becoming infected at hospitals or clinics during the COVID-19 health crisis. Read

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Patients were arriving in waves and the situation at the hospital became dysfunctional pretty quickly. There was nothing we could do.

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A doctor who supervises the emergency unit at Chiba University Hospital. Ambulance crews are increasingly finding it difficult to find medical institutions to receive patients for emergency treatment, particularly in Tokyo and other prefectures where a state of emergency has been declared due to the coronavirus crisis. Read

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There are no detailed guidelines, such as how much distance to keep between the runners and spectators.

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Yasumasa Shoji, a member of the Olympic and Paralympic promotion office of Fukushima Prefecture, referring to the Olympic torch relay. With the torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics set to start on March 25 for its tour across the nation, local governments are puzzling over how to bring a festive… Read

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By revising subscription fees, we aim to continue streaming dramas and movies in various genres.

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A Netflix official, explaining why the streaming giant has raised subscription fees for two plans in Japan by up to about 13%. Read

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We’re outside, so ventilation is no problem.

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A 22-year-old male student drinking alcohol with friends in a park in Tokyo's Shimbashi after bars closed at 8 p.m. Streams of workers and students, buying alcohol from convenience stories, have been going to parks after 8 p.m., when bars and restaurants are supposed to close to prevent the spread… Read

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