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Toilet paper panic spreads to Tokyo as pharmacy shelves emptied

Residents in Tokyo say they cannot buy toilet papers as panic-buying empty shelves in pharmacies amid the coronavirus outbreak. Japan has called for nationwide school closures as the virus has infected at least 230 people across Japan and been linked to six deaths.

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A Netflix-funded anime academy in Tokyo trains the next generation of cartoon artists as global demand for the genre soars. Japan is facing a shortage of skilled animators, in part because most face years toiling in low-paying jobs to learn the ropes, meaning much of the painstaking frame-by-frame drawing work is outsourced overseas.
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2 Nov 2021
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4 Nov 2021
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6 Nov 2021
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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa returned to Earth on Monday after a 12-day journey into space, ending a practice run for his planned trip around the moon with Elon Musk's SpaceX in 2023.