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The Japan Times


News and features from the most widely read English-language newspaper in Japan. 1897年創刊。現存する日本最古の英字新聞・ジャパンタイムズが発信する国内外の社会、スポーツ、政治、経済ニュースと、さまざまなジャンルの特集記事。

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Usually tasked with cleaning up the aftermath of a suicide, the coronavirus has created a boom for specialist cleaners.

In graying Japan, biohazard cleanup has traditionally been sought at the scenes of 'kodokushi' (solitary deaths), where people, especially older people, die alone and sometimes remain undiscovered until decomposition has already set in.

The number of individuals certified by the Crime Scene Special Clean Center as 'crime scene cleaning specialists' has been on the rise in recent years, totaling 11,000 as of September — more than a tenfold jump from the 913 accredited in 2013.

"Back then, the novel coronavirus was thought to be much more deadly than it is today, so we felt as if we were going off to a war or something," said Ryosuke Otake, president of the Unisons cleaning company.

Filmmaker Eiji Han Shimizu finds his 'True North' in animated film about North Korea

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BREAKING: Japanese government announces new era will be known as Reiwa 令和

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2018's kanji character of the year is 災 ('sai,' disaster), as chosen by a Kyoto-based kanji promotion organization. Japan saw a myriad of floods, typhoons and earthquakes this past year.

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Coronavirus conference canceled because of coronavirus

BREAKING: Yuzuru Hanyu wins gold for the men's figure skating long program. He's the first man to win back-to-back gold medals in this category in 66 years. Shoma Uno gets second. #WinterOlympics  #figureskating  #羽生くん

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