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Spirited Away Stage Play Cancels 5 More Days After COVID-19 Cases Including Co-Lead Mone Kamishiraishi

Kamishiraishi also starred in Makoto Shinkai's anime film your name., Chihayafuru, L-DK ― The official website of actress and singer Mone Kamishiraishi announced on Tuesday that she had been diagnosed with COVID-19. She is undergoing medical treatment and follow-up observation on the advice of medical professionals. Also on Tuesday, the staff of the Spirited Away stage play announced that they were c...
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Spirited Away Stage Play Cancels Shows After Romi Park's COVID-19 Diagnosis

Voice of Fullmetal Alchemist's Ed shares Yubaba/Zeniba roles in play ― The talent agency Production LAL announced on Saturday that voice actress and stage actress Romi Park has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The staff of the Spirited Away stage play then announced that they were cancelling that day's noon and 5:00 p.m. performances due to at least one COVID-19 diagnosis among the people involved in th...
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Voice Actor Subaru Kimura Diagnosed With COVID-19

Doraemon, Hypnosis Mic's Kimura had symptoms of fever, fatigue on Tuesday ― Talent agency Atomic Monkey announced on Wednesday that voice actor Subaru Kimura has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Kimura had symptoms of a fever and fatigue on Tuesday night, and he tested positive on a PCR test on Wednesday. His symptoms have become mild. He is currently resting and receiving medical treatment and follow-u...

Anime Expo 2022 Reinstates Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or Negative Test Requirement

Event's Health & Safety update states "requirements,, guidelines are final" ― Following yesterday's announcement that attendees at the Anime Expo 2022 event would no longer be required to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test, staff updated the event's Health & Safety guidelines on Thursday stating proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will in fact be required....

Anime Expo 2022 to No Longer Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or Negative Test

Masks still required ― The staff of the Anime Expo 2022 event revealed that attendees will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to attending the event. Regardless of vaccination status, masks will be required indoors (except in designated eating areas) and will be optional outdoors. Face coverings must fit snugly and properly...
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Stage Musical of Fuyumi Soryo's Cesare Manga Runs in 2023 After COVID-19 Delay

Musical runs in January-February 2023, after 3-year delay ― Kodansha announced on Thursday that the stage musical adaptation of Fuyumi Soryo's CESARE - Il Creatore che ha distrutto historical manga will run at the Meiji-za theater in Tokyo in January to February 2023. The musical was previously scheduled to run in April 2020, but was canceled due to the pandemic. A concert was instead held in July 20...
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Voice Actress Maaya Uchida Returns After COVID-19 Recovery

Uchida was diagnosed on May 8 ― Talent management agency I'm Enterprise announced on Tuesday that voice actress Maaya Uchida is returning to work after recovering from COVID-19. Uchida expressed on Twitter that she was happy to be back in good health and that her break was tough. Uchida was diagnosed with COVID-19 on May 8. "Uchida Maaya to Ohanashi Shimasen?," the radio program that Uchida hosts, ca...

Japan to Allow Limited Tourist Entry From U.S., Australia, Thailand, Singapore

Limited tourism activity to serve as "trial" for possible full reopening of country in June ― The Japanese government announced on Tuesday that it will begin to accept tourists from the United States, Australia, Thailand, and Singapore later this month. Tourists will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with three shots, and must only travel in fixed group tour packages so governments can ea...
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Spirited Away Stage Play Cancels Some Fukuoka Shows Due to COVID-19

Actress Kanna Hashimoto tests positive for COVID-19 ― Several performances of the first stage play adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away anime film have been canceled because lead actress Kanna Hashimoto (pictured on left poster below) has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Hashimoto had throat issues on Tuesday, and tested positive on a PCR test. Her symptoms are mild. Performanc...
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Ace of Diamond Stage Musical Debuts in September After 2-Year COVID-19 Delay

Musical was originally scheduled for June 2020 debut ― The official website for the stage musical adaptation of Yūji Terajima's Ace of Diamond manga revealed on Sunday that the musical will now have its run at The Galaxy Theater in Tokyo from September 30 to October 10. The musical was originally scheduled to run in June 2020, but was delayed due to COVID-19. Akira Yamazaki is directing and writing t...
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Voice Actress Maaya Uchida Diagnosed With COVID-19

Uchida's radio program suspends May 9, May 16 episodes ― Talent management agency I'm Enterprise announced on Sunday that voice actress Maaya Uchida has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Uchida took a PCR test the other day, and she ended up testing positive on Sunday. The official Twitter account for "Uchida Maaya to Ohanashi Shimasen?," the radio program that Uchida hosts, also announced on Sunday that...
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Japan Considers Entry to Foreign Tourists

Country to increase number of daily entrants ― According to Fuji News Network, Japan may open its borders to small groups of fully vaccinated foreign tourists as early as this month. The Japanese government will make a decision on lifting the ban on tourist visas in two weeks. By that time, there will be more information regarding COVID-19 infection rates during the country's recent Golden Week holid...

Japan to Ease Foreign Travel Restrictions Further in June

Panel of experts review response to COVID-19 ― Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida revealed in his speech in London on Thursday that Japan will ease foreign travel COVID-19 restrictions further in June. He stated, "We have now eased border control measures significantly, with the next easing taking place in June, when Japan will introduce a smoother entry process similar to that of other G7 members...
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Nana Mizuki Returns to Work After Recovering From COVID-19

Mizuki tested positive in April ― The agency StarCrew announced that singer and voice actress Nana Mizuki is returning to work on Monday after recovering from the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). She has been recuperating under the guidance of health care professionals. StarCrew had announced on April 23 that Mizuki tested positive for COVID-19. Mizuki's Twitter account had stated that she did not...
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STU48 Idols' Concert Canceled After 13 Members Diagnosed With COVID-19

5th anniversary concert was slated for Tuesday ― The official website for AKB48 sister group STU48 announced on Sunday that the group is canceling its fifth anniversary concert on Tuesday in Hiroshima after 13 of the group's members were diagnosed with COVID-19. All the idols are receiving medical care according to health care professionals. The idols who contracted COVID-19 include: Mitsuki Imamura,...
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Voice Actor Takahiro Sakurai Diagnosed With COVID-19

Berserk's Griffith, Demon Slayer's Giyu had fever on Monday ― Talent agency Intention announced on Wednesday that voice actor Takahiro Sakurai has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Sakurai had symptoms of a fever on Monday, and he ended up testing positive at a medical institution. Sakurai is currently receiving medical treatment at home. Sakurai's numerous voice roles inclu...
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Voice Actress, Singer Nana Mizuki Tests Positive for COVID-19

Mizuki currently has no fever, symptoms are stable ― The agency StarCrew announced on Saturday that singer and voice actress Nana Mizuki has tested positive for COVID-19. The agency said Mizuki is recuperating under the guidance of health care professionals. Mizuki's Twitter account stated she currently does not have a fever and her symptoms are stable. Mizuki is a prolific singer and voice actress. ...
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Angela Vocalist Cancels Appearance Due to Suspected Case of COVID-19, 2 hololive VTubers Test Positive for COVID-19

Houshou Marine, Ookami Mio tested positive for COVID-19 in last week ― The official website for the musical duo Angela announced on Friday that vocalist Atsuko canceled a guest performance on Sayaka Sasaki's "SAYAKAVER. LIVE triangle" concert on Sunday due to Atsuko having a "suspected" case of COVID-19. The website did not confirm if Atsuko had taken a COVID-19 test. The angela duo includes keyboard...
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Voice Actresses Nanami Yamashita, Yū Serizawa Diagnosed With COVID-19

Serizawa's i☆Ris idol group also cancels Saitama concert on April 16 ― Talent management agency 81 Produce revealed on Monday and Tuesday that voice actresses Nanami Yamashita and Yū Serizawa have both been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Yamashita reported being feverish and having pain in the throat last Friday, while Serizawa reported the same on Saturday. Yamashita tested p...
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Production Company Doga Kobo Temporarily Closes Due to Staff Diagnosed with COVID-19

Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie anime's staff discussing how to handle broadcasts ― The official website for the anime of Keigo Maki's romantic comedy manga Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie (Kawaii Dake Ja Nai Shikimori-san) announced on Friday that the anime's production company Doga Kobo has been temporarily closed due to rapid increase in staff members diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19...
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Voice Actress/Singer Kana Hanazawa Diagnosed With COVID-19, Cancels Concert (Updated)

Hanazawa had sore throat on April 5 ― Talent agency Office Osawa announced on Thursday that voice actress and singer Kana Hanazawa has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). She had a sore throat on the evening of April 5, so she took a PCR test and ended up testing positive. She will receive treatment according to the guidelines of the health center. Her "Hanazawa Kana Live 2022...
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Golgo 13 Teaches Travel Safety Protocols In Government-Sponsored Manual, Videos

The eponymous hitman takes down terrorists attempting to take advantage of laxed counterterrorism measures under COVID-19 ― Since 2017, Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has been issuing manuals to promote travel safety using Takao Saito's Golgo 13 manga. MOFA updated the manual in 2021 to include information about preventing the spread of COVID-19. Last Friday, the government agency unveile...
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Voice Actor Ryusei Nakao Diagnosed With COVID-19

Voice of Dragon Ball Z's Frieza had slight fever, cough ― Talent agency 81 Produce announced on Monday that voice actor Ryusei Nakao has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Nakao had a slight fever and cough on Saturday morning, so he took a PCR test. He tested positive on Sunday. He is undergoing medical treatment at home, and he is receiving guidance from the health center. ...
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Weaver Band to Break Up Next February

Band performed theme songs for Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Sagrada Reset anime ― Rock band Weaver announced on their official website on Sunday that they will disband on February 26, 2023, after 18 years of activity. The band will have their last live performances at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA on February 11, and at Kobe Kokusai Kaikankokusai Hall on February 26. The band explained that the current COVI...
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12 Nogizaka46 Idol Group Members Diagnosed With COVID-19

12 members tested positive over past 3 days ― The official website for the Nogizaka46 idol group announced on Thursday that 12 group members have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The 12 members are Iroha Okuda, Saya Kanagawa, Yuri Kitagawa, Kaede Satō, Rika Satō, Reno Nakamura, Runa Hayashi, Miyu Matsuo, Mio Yakubo, Rena Yamazaki, Ayano-Christie Yoshida, and Maaya Wada. The site explained that Rena Yama...
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Tokyo Revengers Manga Takes 1-Week Break After Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

― This year's 17th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine revealed on Wednesday that Ken Wakui's Tokyo Revengers manga will not appear in the magazine's next issue, due to some difficulties in the manga's production after a staff member for the manga tested positive COVID-19. The manga will return in the magazine's 19th issue. Wakui launched the manga in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine in Marc...
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Japan to Let COVID-19 Quasi-State of Emergency End Nationwide on Monday

New infection rates are less than 50% of peak ― Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Wednesday that the Japanese government will end the COVID-19 quasi-state of emergency in all 18 prefectures where it is still active next Monday as scheduled. Kishida explained that there is "a clear downward trend" in hospital bed occupancy rates, and that new infection rates have gone down by more tha...
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Voice Actor Nobuhiko Okamoto Resumes Work Activities

Voice of My Hero Academia's Bakugo is asymptomatic ― Talent management agency Pro Fit announced on Thursday that voice actor Nobuhiko Okamoto has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Okamoto took a PCR test on Tuesday and confirmed positive on Wednesday. He is currently asymptomatic and is being treated at home under the health center's guidance. Talent agency I'm Enterprise an...
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Singer milet Delays 2 Concerts Due to Band Member's COVID-19 Diagnosis

Singer, other band members, staff are currently in good health ― The official website of singer-songwriter milet announced on Saturday that she is delaying two concerts next week due to the COVID-19 diagnosis of a backing band member. The band member reported feeling unwell on Saturday, and thus took a PCR test that came back positive. The website emphasized that milet herself, the other backing band...
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Uma-Musume Event's Live-Viewing Canceled Due to COVID-19

Live-viewing was scheduled for March 5-6 ― The official website for Cygames' Uma Musume Pretty Derby series announced on Thursday that the fourth "Special Dreamers!!" event's live-viewing in Tokyo has been canceled due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation. The live-viewing was scheduled for March 5-6. The staff will refund all purchased tickets and announce more details at a later date...
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Tokyo, Osaka, 16 Other Prefectures Extend COVID-19 Quasi-State of Emergency

Daily cap of people entering Japan to increase from 5,000 to 7,000 on March 14 ― Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida confirmed on Thursday that the Japanese government will extend the quasi-state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, and 16 more of the 31 prefectures under the current anti-COVID-19 measures. These prefectures will remain under the quasi-state of emergency until March 21. The government cit...
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Studio Ponoc's The Imaginary Film Delayed From Summer Release

Film based on A.F. Harrold, Emily Gravett's novel ― The official website for Studio Ponoc's anime film adaptation of A.F. Harrold and Emily Gravett's The Imaginary novel announced on Wednesday the studio has delayed the film due to "new challenges" stemming from the film's production methods and the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement did not reveal a new release date for the film. The film was origi...
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Nintendo Tokyo Store Temporarily Closes Due to 3 Staffers' COVID-19 Diagnosis

Staffers previously worked on February 23, 26, 27 ― The official Twitter account and website for the Nintendo Tokyo Store announced on Tuesday that the store temporarily closing starting on Wednesday because three of its staffers have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The staffers' previous working days were February 23, 26, and 27. A specialized company will disinfect and c...
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Tamayura Franchise's Event Delayed Again Due to COVID-19

Tamayura Alumni Association event was already delayed from October 10 last year to April 24 ― The official Twitter account for the Tamayura franchise announced on Saturday that the Tamayura Alumni Association event, which was scheduled for April 24, has been delayed to an as-yet unspecified date due to the COVID-19 situation in Japan. The event was originally scheduled for October 10 last year, but i...
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Voice Actors Nobuhiko Okamoto, Saori Ōnishi Diagnosed with COVID-19

Voice of My Hero Academia's Bakugo is asymptomatic ― Talent management agency Pro Fit announced on Thursday that voice actor Nobuhiko Okamoto has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Okamoto took a PCR test on Tuesday and confirmed positive on Wednesday. He is currently asymptomatic and is being treated at home under the health center's guidance. Talent agency I'm Enterprise an...

CDC Study on COVID-19: 'Evidence of Widespread Transmission Was Not Identified' at Anime NYC

Study used test results of 4,560 attendees, which found 2.6% tested positive for COVID-19 ― The New York Times reported on Thursday that according to a study released on the same day by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “evidence of widespread transmission [of COVID-19] during the [Anime NYC] event was not identified.” The study relied on test result data from 4,560 Anime NYC...
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Voice Actor Kishō Taniyama Diagnosed With COVID-19

Downtown comedy duo's Hitoshi Matsumoto, 2 Frederic band members also tested positive ― The agency Ken Production announced on Saturday that voice actor Kishō Taniyama tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Taniyama felt unwell on February 16 so he took a PCR test that came back positive. He is currently undergoing treatment as directed by medical professionals. Taniyama added th...
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Aki Misato Delays Concert After COVID-19 Diagnosis

Misato's fever has subsided ― Singer Aki Misato and talent agency Highway Star announced on Friday that Misato has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and is postponing her "Aki Misato Live MISATO COLLECTION 2022 ~with DJ CaptainGussy & You~" concert. Misato's fever and symptoms have subsided. The concert was originally scheduled for February 26. Highway Star will announce the ...
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Live-Action Usogui Film's Opening Scene Posted Online

Film opened on February 11 ― Warner Bros. Japan began streaming a video featuring the opening scene from the live-action film of Toshio Sako's Usogui (The Lie Eater) manga on Friday. The scene shows Madarame (Ryūsei Yokohama) making a bet with Sōichi Kiruma (Kaito Sakurai) to become the head of the Kakerō organization, with a bet that a plane will fly overhead within an hour. Kiruma's lackeys enginee...

Japan to Ease Entry Restrictions for Foreign Non-Tourists in March

17 prefectures extend quasi-state of emergency to March 6, 5 more to end quasi-SOE on Sunday ― Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Thursday that Japan will begin easing its COVID-19 entry restrictions for foreign students and business travelers (if they have sponsors) next month. In addition, it will increase the number of people (Japanese and foreign nationals combined) who are allowe...
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Hell's Paradise's Yūji Kaku Reveals COVID-19 Recovery, Break Next Week for Ayashimon Manga

Manga creator reveals he has fully recovered from COVID-19 ― Manga creator Yūji Kaku revealed on Twitter on Monday that he was recently diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Kaku said his recuperation period is already over, and he has completely recovered. He added however that while he was recovering, he was unable to continue working, and so there will be no chapter of his Ayashim...
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Actress/Singer Moeka Koizumi Diagnosed With COVID-19 But Is Asymptomatic

Voice actress, singer known for Revue Starlight's Nana Daiba, Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club's Shioriko Mifune ― Talent management agency Amuse announced on Thursday that actress and singer Moeka Koizumi has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Koizumi took a PCR test on Wednesday, which yielded a positive result on the same day. She is currently asymptomatic, and is not suffering from a fever,...
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Japan Extends Quasi-State of Emergency to March 6 in 13 Prefectures

Expands quasi-state of emergency to Kochi prefecture ― The Japanese government is planning to extend the current quasi-state of emergency for 13 prefectures to March 6 because case numbers remain high for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). It was originally scheduled to end on Sunday. Japan will also expand this quasi-state of emergency to Kochi prefecture on Saturday. Kochi requested to be adde...
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Hiro Shimono Recovers from COVID-19, Returns to Work

Shimono's local health center deemed him fit to return to work ― Talent agency I'm Enterprise announced on Tuesday that voice actor Hiro Shimono has recovered from COVID-19, and has resumed work on Tuesday. His local health center deemed him fit to return to work in accordance with criteria that Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has set. The voice actor tested positive for COVID-19 on Feb...
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Voice Actor Natsuki Hanae Recovers From COVID-19

Voice of Demon Slayer's Tanjirō tested positive for COVID-19 on January 27 ― Talent agency Across Entertainment announced on Monday that voice actor Natsuki Hanae (Demon Slayer's Tanjirō) has recovered from COVID-19, and has resumed work on Monday. The voice actor tested positive for COVID-19 on January 27. Prior to being diagnosed with COVID-19 on January 27, Hanae had been self-isolating after bein...
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Voice Actor Sho Hayami Diagnosed With COVID-19

Hayami cancels Sunday event, work assignments from Monday onward ― The official Twitter account of voice actor Sho Hayami announced on Sunday that he has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The 63-year-old woke up with a sore throat and a slight fever this morning, so he took a PCR test that came back positive. Hayami had to cancel his scheduled appearance at fellow voice acto...
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Voice Actresses Kaori Ishihara, Moe Toyota Diagnosed with COVID-19

Both had fevers ― Talent agency Style Cube announced on Thursday that voice actresses Kaori Ishihara (Rena Minami in Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story, Tiese in Sword Art Online: Alicization) and Moe Toyota (Kanon Matsubara in BanG Dream!, Sapphire Kawashima in Sound! Euphonium) have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Ishihara had a fever and other symptoms o...
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Voice Actors Tetsuya Kakihara, Kotori Koiwai, Hiro Shimono Diagnosed With COVID-19

Gundam 00 stage play gets delayed ― Talent agency Zynchro announced on Twitter on Wednesday that voice actor Tetsuya Kakihara (Fairy Tail's Natsu Dragneel, Gurren Lagann's Simon, Final Fantasy XV's Prompto Argentum) has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Kakihara had a slight fever on January 29, so he took a PCR test and ended up testing positive. He will recieve medical tre...
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Actresses/Singers Haruka Fukuhara, Miku Itō Diagnosed With COVID-19

Both had fevers on Monday ― The agency Ken On announced on Tuesday that actress and singer Haruka Fukuhara was diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). She had a fever on Monday, so she took a PCR test which came back positive on Tuesday. She is undergoing treatment under the guidance of medical professionals. Agency Style Cube also announced on Tuesday that voice actress and singer Mik...
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Voice Actor Junya Enoki Tests Positive for COVID-19

Jujutsu Kaisen voice actor tested positive on Monday ― Talent agency Atomic Monkey announced on Tuesday that voice actor Junya Enoki has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the agency, Enoki began feeling discomfort in his throat on Monday morning, and also had a fever. He took a PCR test on Monday and the result came back positive on the same day. The company added that Enoki is focusing on r...
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Voice Actor Junichi Suwabe Returns to Work After COVID-19 Recovery

Voice actor tested positive on January 22 ― Talent agency Haikyo announced on Tuesday that voice actor Junichi Suwabe has recovered from the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and returned to work on Tuesday. Suwabe had come into possible close contact with a person infected with COVID-19 last month, and thus began to self-isolate. After then having an issue with his throat, he took a PCR test on Jan...

Otakon 2022 Event to Require COVID-19 Vaccination, Masks

Washington D.C. convention takes place on July 29-31 ― The staff of the Otakon convention announced on Monday that the Otakon 2022 event will require its attendees to be fully vaccinated and masked in all convention areas in the Walter E Washington Convention Center and the Marriott Marquis. Washington D.C. launched a city-wide vaccination entry requirement (VaxDC), which calls for establishments to ...
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Voice Actors Natsuki Hanae & Rina Satou, Manga Creator Tsubasa Yamaguchi Diagnosed With COVID-19

Blue Period manga goes on 1-month hiatus ― Talent agency Across Entertainment announced on Thursday that voice actor Natsuki Hanae (Demon Slayer's Tanjirō) has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). He had throat pain on Thursday evening, and he tested positive for COVID-19 that same night. Hanae is experiencing mild symptoms, and he is receiving treatment according to the guidan...
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JAM Project's Hironobu Kageyama Tests Positive for COVID-19

Performer canceled Monday event after feeling ill, received positive test result on Tuesday ― Musician and performer Hironobu Kageyama revealed on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Kageyama noted that he had hoped it would just be a normal cold, since he no longer had a fever, but he then received a positive test result. He added that he is only experienc...
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Voice Actor Junichi Suwabe Diagnosed With COVID-19

Suwabe focuses on recuperating after testing positive on Saturday ― Talent agency Haikyo announced on Monday that voice actor Junichi Suwabe has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Suwabe had previously come into possible close contact with a person infected with COVID-19, and thus began to self-isolate. He had an issue with his throat on Saturday, so he took a PCR test which ...
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Japan to Expand COVID-19 Quasi-State of Emergency to Most Prefectures

3 prefectures request extension for quasi-state of emergency ― The Japanese government is planning to expand the quasi-state of emergency to eighteen more prefectures - including Osaka, Kyoto, and Hokkaido - amid the rise of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the country due to the new Omicron variant. The quasi-state of emergency would take place from January 27 to February 20. The...
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Voice Actor Sōma Saitō Diagnosed With COVID-19

Saitō recovers at home after testing positive on Sunday ― Talent agency 81 Produce announced on Monday that voice actor Sōma Saitō has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The agency stated Saitō developed a fever on Saturday night, and tested positive for the disease the next day. The agency added that Saitō is currently recovering at home after consulting with health care professionals. 81 Produce stated ...
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Singer KOTOKO Cancels Events After Testing Positive for COVID-19

Singer reschedules Chiba leg of live tour to February after testing positive on Friday ― The official website for singer KOTOKO announced on Friday that KOTOKO tested positive for COVID-19 on the same day. As a result, the Chiba performance of her "KOTOKO Acoustic Live Tour" on Saturday was canceled and rescheduled for February 25. KOTOKO has another performance on the tour in Ibaraki prefecture on J...
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Voice Actress Ai Furihata Self-Isolates Due to Possible COVID-19 Close Contact

Love Live! Sunshine!! actress did not appear at "Lisani! LIVE 2022" event on Saturday ― Talent agency Across Entertainment announced on Friday that voice actress Ai Furihata is self-isolating after a staff member she was around this week tested positive for COVID-19. Furihata was designated a close contact of the staff member who tested positive. As a result, Furihata did not appear at the "Lisani! L...
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49th Annie Awards Cancels Physical Event, Moves to Virtual Event on March 12

Awards ceremony was scheduled to take place on February 26 at UCLA's Royce Hall ― The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced on Thursday that it is canceling the physical event for its 49th Annual Annie Awards and is instead hosting a virtual event that will livestream on March 12 at 10:00 p.m. EST. The ASIFA-Hollywood website will stream an archive of the complete recording ...
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Naniwa Danshi's Daigo Nishihata, Manga Artist Yasuo Ohtagaki Diagnosed With COVID-19

Nijisanji Fantasia Live concerts canceled due to COVID-19 cases, quasi-state of emergency ― Johnny & Associates announced on Friday that Naniwa Danshi band member Daigo Nishihata (pictured right) has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Nishihata took a PCR test and tested positive on Thursday. He had no symptoms at the time of the examination, but his throat currently feels un...
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Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto to Also Request COVID-19 Quasi-State of Emergency

Quasi-state of emergency starts in 13 prefectures on Friday ― Osaka, Hyogo, and Kyoto are requesting a quasi-state of emergency amid the rise of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the country due to the new Omicron variant. Governor Yoshimura Hirofumi stated that intensive measures will help slow the wave of infections, reducing the strain on the medical system. The Japanese government ...
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Voice Actor Kent Itō Tests Positive for COVID-19

Wotakoi voice actor recuperates at home after developing cold-like symptoms on Monday ― Talent agency 81 Produce announced on Wednesday that voice actor Kent Itō was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday. Itō developed cold-like symptoms on Monday and took both an antigen test and a PCR test. He is currently recuperating at home. Itō is known for such roles as Hirotaka Nifuji in Wotakoi: Love is Hard fo...
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Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament Canceled, Angoulême Event Postponed

YCS will host online event, Angoulême will take place in March ― Konami announced on Saturday that it has canceled the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) card game tournament scheduled to take place on February 26-27 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company will now host an online Remote Duel YCS event on the same dates and will automatically initiate refunds to those who have paid the entry fee for the to...
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Tokyo, Other Prefectures Request COVID-19 Quasi-State of Emergency

Government is expected to make decision as early as Wednesday ― The Japanese government is considering declaring a quasi-state of emergency in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa prefectures after their respective governors revealed their intentions to ask for the quasi-state of emergency amid the rise of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the country due to the new Omicron variant. Oth...
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3 Members of The Oral Cigarettes Band Test Positive for COVID-19

Band postpones 4 tour performances ― The official website for rock band The Oral Cigarettes announced on Monday that three of their members have tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19): lead vocalist and guitarist Takuya Yamanaka, guitarist Shigenobu Suzuki, and drummer Masaya Nakanishi. The members had fevers of around 37.5°C (about 99.5°F) on January 12. They took a PCR test on J...
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Demon Slayer Voice Actor Natsuki Hanae Self-Isolates Due to Possible COVID-19 Close Contact

Voice actor rents room to continue recording, isolate away from family ― Talent agency Across Entertainment announced on Friday that voice actor Natsuki Hanae is self-isolating after being in close contact with a staff member who tested positive on a routine PCR test on Friday. The agency is postponing a special event for the The Duke of Death and His Maid anime that was slated to be held on Saturday...
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2nd Sk8 the Infinity Stage Play Cancels 7 Performances After Cast Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

Rest of cast, staff will take COVID-19 tests ― The official website for the stage play adaptations of the Sk8 the Infinity anime announced on Saturday that the second play in the project is canceling seven performances after a cast member tested positive for COVID-19. The first stage play ran from December 2-12, and the second stage play was originally slated to run from January 15-24. However, the s...
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Voice Actor Junta Terashima Tests Positive for COVID-19

Voice actor recuperates at home with minor illness ― Talent agency Kenyu Office announced on Saturday that voice actor Junta Terashima tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Terashima took a PCR test after developing a fever on Friday. He had been in close contact with someone else who had tested positive for the virus. Terashima is currently recuperating at home. He posted on Twitter on Saturday ...
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4 More Linked to Comic Market Diagnosed With COVID-19

3 of 4 diagnosed individuals were Comiket attendees ― The organizers of Comic Market (Comiket), Japan's largest event for selling self-published dōjinshi works, reported on Friday that four more people linked to the event tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The four individuals had been contacts with two Comiket staffers who were diagnosed with COVID-19 on January 4. This brin...
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The [email protected] Franchise Concerts For January Move to Online Streams

Million Live Budokan concert canceled, Cinderella Girls 10th anniversary concert will livestream with no audience ― The official website for The [email protected] franchise announced on Tuesday that the franchise's "THE IDOLM@STER MILLION LIVE! ~Let's get Together!!!~" event is canceled, and the "THE [email protected] CINDERELLA GIRLS 10th ANNIVERSARY [email protected] WONDERLAND TOUR!!! Tropical Land" event will now only h...
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Voice Actress Haruka Kudō Recuperates From COVID-19

BanG Dream! voice actress, musician reports mild symptoms, no close contacts ― Talent management agency Ace Crew Entertainment reported on its Twitter account on Tuesday that voice actress Haruka Kudō has tested positive on a PCR test for COVID-19. She is currently recuperating at home under the guidance of her health center, which also reported that she had no close contacts while infected. Kudō als...
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Japan Unveils New Anti-COVID-19 Measures, Extends Ban on Foreign Entrants

Government aims to give vaccine booster shots earlier than planned ― The Japanese government and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida unveiled new anti-coronavirus measures on Tuesday in an effort to curb the spread of the Omicron variant of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The government aims to first give vaccine booster shots to about 31 million people, including doctors, nurses, care home resident...
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Japan Declares COVID-19 Quasi-State of Emergency in 3 Prefectures

Tokyo not planning to request declaration, but is consulting experts going forward ― The Japanese government declared a quasi-state of emergency in Okinawa, Yamaguchi, and Hiroshima prefectures on Friday in light of rising new infection case counts of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in those prefectures. The quasi-state of emergency will go into effect from Sunday until January 31. The country...
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2 Comic Market Staffers Diagnosed with COVID-19

3rd member who had close contact has no symptoms while awaiting test results ― The organizers of Comic Market (Comiket), Japan's largest event for selling self-published dōjinshi works, reported on Thursday that two of the event's staff members tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Comic Market 99 ran from December 30 to 31 with restricted attendance, and those two Comic Market ...
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Producer: Final Fantasy XVI Game's Development 'Delayed by Almost a Half Year' Due to COVID-19

More information for PS5 RPG will come in spring 2022 Final Fantasy XVI role-playing game producer Naoki Yoshida posted a statement on the game's official Twitter account in English on Monday, stating that "complications stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have delayed the game's development by almost half a year." While the staff had originally stated Square Enix would reveal more informat...

Anime NYC's COVID-19 Tracing Provides Early Look at Omicron Variant's Transmissibility

Man with Omicron went out for 'dinner, drinks, karaoke' with others outside con ― U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Rochelle Walensky stated during a press briefing on Tuesday that the investigation of the Minnesota man who was diagnosed with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 after attending last month's Anime NYC event will provide some of the earliest looks on the variant...
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The Ghibli Museum's Crowdfunding Campaign Now Accepts Overseas Donations

Campaign is open until January 31 ― The Ghibli Museum, the museum dedicated to the anime of Studio Ghibli, announced on Twitter on Wednesday that it is now accepting donations from international donors for its Furusato Choice crowdfunding campaign. As of press time, the campaign has raised 35,013,659 yen (about US$309,732) from 4,545 donors. The online donation portal for the crowdfunding campaign do...
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Washington Post: Man With Omicron Variant Went to Anime NYC With 35 Friends — Half Also Diagnosed With COVID-19

It is unknown now if friends who tested positive have Omicron variant The Washington Post newspaper reported on Friday that the Minnesota man who was diagnosed with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 had met up with about 35 friends at the Anime NYC convention, and "about half" of them have tested positive for COVID-19. The Washington Post stated that the friends traveled to the event from a variety o...

Man Diagnosed With Omicron Variant of COVID-19 Attended Anime NYC (Updated)

NY governor urges attendees to get tested ― White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced on Thursday that an adult male from Hennepin County, Minnesota tested positive for the Omicron variant of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and she reported that he had attended the Anime NYC event at New York City's Javits Center between November 19 and 21. The male had been vaccinated for COVID-19. He ...

Comic Market 99 Will Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or Negative PCR Test

1st in-person Comiket since December 2019 to take place on December 30-31 ― The Comic Market Committee announced on Friday that it will require attendees of the Comic Market (Comiket) 99 event to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test. The Japanese government recently relaxed attendance limits for large-scale events, such as concerts or sports events, to 5,000 attendees or 50% capacity acro...
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Returns to In-Person Events After 2 Years

1st event takes place on January 15-16 in Pasadena, California ― Konami announced on Tuesday that its Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) events will return to in-person events next year, starting with an event on January 15-16 at the Pasasdena Convention Center in Pasadena, California. Konami will also host a Remote Duel event for Latin American players on the same weekend, with details for the even...
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Tokyo Comic Con 2021 Canceled Due to COVID-19, But Events Planned in Osaka, Tokyo for 2022

2021 convention was scheduled for December 3-5 ― The organizers for the Tokyo Comic Con 2021 event announced on Friday that they have canceled this year's event due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The event was originally scheduled to take place at the Makuhari Messe event center from December 3 to December 5. The staff then announced that they will hold Tokyo Comic Con 2022 next year, as ...
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Japan to Lift COVID-19 State of Emergency in 19 Prefectures on September 30

Government to keep some restrictions in place ― NHK reported on Tuesday that the Japanese government will not extend the state of emergency in the country, and will officially end the state of emergency in 19 prefectures on September 30. The government will also end the quasi-emergency measures in eight prefectures. However, some restrictions will still be in place, and the government plans to ease r...
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Inuyasha Composer Kaoru Wada Discharged From COVID-19 Hospitalization

Composer was hospitalized late last month ― Composer Kaoru Wada revealed on Tuesday that he was hospitalized late last month due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), but has been discharged. He added that he will slowly return to work as he recovers. He added he is undergoing rehabilitation after having been bedridden. Wada has composed music for a number of anime, including Inuyasha, Samurai 7...
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Tsuburaya Convention 2021 Canceled Due to COVID-19

Company still plans to hold online events before end of year ― Tsuburaya Productions announced on Friday that it has canceled the "Tsuburaya Convention 2021" event that was originally planned for this fall due to the current state of emergency in some prefectures and quasi-state of emergency in others. Tsuburaya Productions debuted the event in 2019, with a plan to hold the convention once every two ...
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Japan Confirms Extending State of Emergency to September 30

Extended from original September 12 date in 19 out of 21 prefectures ― The Japanese government extended the current state of emergency for 19 prefectures from September 12 to September 30 due to the continued effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Two of the 21 prefectures under the current state of emergency, Miyagi and Okayama, will instead move to a quasi-state of emergency. The 19 pre...
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Japan Plans to Extend State of Emergency to September 30

Extended from original September 12 date in 19 out of 21 prefectures ― The Japanese government plans to extend the current state of emergency for 19 prefectures from September 12 to September 30 due to the continued effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Two of the 21 prefectures under the current state of emergency, Miyagi and Okayama, will instead move to a quasi-state of emergency. Jap...
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The Caligula Effect: Overdose Stage Play Production Canceled Due to COVID-19

FuRyu announced stage play last year ― The official website for FuRyu's The Caligula Effect 2 sequel game announced on Monday that FuRyu has canceled the stage play adaptation of The Caligula Effect: Overdose, the first game in the series, due to the difficulty of guaranteeing the safety of audience and staff in light of the ongoing new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. FuRyu announced the sta...
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Voice Actress Yuko Sanpei Recovers from COVID-19, Returns to Work

Boruto, Eureka Seven voice actress tested positive on August 18 ― The talent agency Axl One announced on Monday that voice actress Yuko Sanpei has recovered from the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and is returning to work. Sanpei had tested positive for COVID-19 on August 18 after developing a fever on August 17. Sanpei made her voice acting debut as Kanata Saionji in the 2000 anime Daa! Daa! Daa...
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Actress Haruka Ayase Recovering From COVID-19 in Hospital

Moribito/Umimachi Diary star was hospitalized for pneumonia caused by COVID-19 ― Horipro announced on Tuesday that actress Haruka Ayase had been diagnosed with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and she is recovering at a hospital in Tokyo. Ayase had a slight fever on the evening of August 20. She took a PCR test on August 21 and tested negative. Her symptoms subsided after that. However, when h...
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Voice Actor KENN Recovers from COVID-19, Gradually Resumes Work Activities

IDOLiSH7, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX actor had tested positive on August 19 ― The official website of talent management agency Zynchro announced on Monday that voice actor KENN has recovered from the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and will gradually resume work activities. KENN tested positive for COVID-19 on August 19 after having possible close contact with a person infected with COVID-19 a few days earlier....
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The [email protected] Shiny Colors Cast Cancel Performance at Animelo Summer Live Due to COVID-19

― Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed on Friday that the cast members of the The [email protected] Shiny Colors game would not appear as previously planned at the "Animelo Summer Live 2021 Colors" event this weekend. The cast members were slated to perform at the event on Saturday. Bandai Namco Entertainment explained that related personnel to the group tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVI...
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The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Concerts Delayed Due to COVID-19 State of Emergency

10th anniversary concerts were slated for September 4-5 ― The official website for Bandai Namco Entertainment's The [email protected] franchise announced on Friday that The [email protected] Cinderella Girls franchise's "10th ANNIVERSARY [email protected] WONDERLAND TOUR!!! CosmoStar Land" concerts next month have been postponed due to the ongoing state of emergency for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The concerts w...
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Pokémon Center Stores Temporarily Close Due to COVID-19

Stores close on Saturday ― The official Japanese website for the Pokémon Center stores announced on Thursday that the following stores will temporarily close starting on Saturday due to the ongoing state of emergency and the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation). Pokémon Center Sapporo Pokémon Center Tо̄hoku Pokémon Center Tokyo DX/Pokémon Cafe Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo/Pikachu Sweets Pokémon...
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Shinichiro Miki Finishes Home Quarantine, Slowly Returns to Work

Voice actor tested positive for COVID-19 last week ― Voice actor Shinichiro Miki revealed on Wednesday that he has finished his self-quarantine period after he tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) last week, and will slowly be returning to work. Miki was asymptomatic, and remained at home while sick under the guidance of the health center and professionals. Miki's agency 81 Prod...

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