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News from Japan - February 18, 2022

Gradual opening of borders in Japan

Gradual opening of borders in Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan would ease entry restrictions in March for foreign students, workers and other non-tourists.

Although the Omicron variant is spreading rapidly in the country, experts seem to be in favor of opening the borders. In addition to them, universities, companies and members of the ruling party are in favor of relaxing entry restrictions.

Thus, the quarantine period will be three days for arrivals, or even no confinement for certain travelers coming from countries where the situation is under control.

While 400,000 people (including 147,000 students) with visas are waiting to enter Japanese territory, only 5,000 per day will be able to access it. According to Mr. Kishida, “this is only a first step”.

It was necessary for Japan to gradually open its borders, both from an economic point of view, but also so as not to deteriorate its international relations too much. Indeed, some foreign students chose not to come to Japan and to go to other countries, because of the measures taken by the government. Also, Japanese exchange students have been turned away due to Japan's shutdown.

While at the start of the spread of the Omicron variant, the majority (81%) of Japanese people supported banning nationals from entering Japan, the situation seems to be gradually changing. In fact, only 57% are in favor of maintaining strict border measures.

Japan collaborates with UK on sensors for combat aircraft

Japan collaborates with UK on sensors for combat aircraft

Japan will collaborate with the United Kingdom on the development of sensors for combat aircraft.

Signed on February 15, the arrangement between the two countries covers cooperative work on radio frequency (RF) sensor technology. This project, called JAGUAR (Japan and Great Britain Universale Advanced RF system), will be intended for its Tempest (United Kingdom) and F-X (Japan) aircraft respectively.

This advanced sensor technology will better detect threats (air, land and sea) by quickly and accurately locating targets, while denying surveillance technologies exploited by the enemy.

The design, construction and evaluation of the system is expected to take approximately five years. Japan hopes to replace its current combat aircraft with those with sensors in the years 2035.


A cafe to drink tea and relax in the dark

A cafe in Nagoya to drink tea and relax in the dark

A café in Nagoya offers a private room to have tea, meditate and have the opportunity to be alone, in total darkness.

In the Arimatsu district, the Konmasa Building is a meditation café. It allows you to taste several different teas as well as sweets while you meditate in a room plunged into darkness, or almost. Indeed, the private meditation room, Tsuki no Ma (“Moon room”) is completely dark, simply lit by images of the Moon.

Lulled by relaxing music, with the timbre of a koto Taisho (string instrument from the Nagoya region), the experience allows you to escape for almost an hour.

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