This year’s Anime Japan, one of Japan’s largest anime festivals, has been canceled. It was supposed to be held from March 21 to March 24 at Tokyo Big Sight. “Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak and the call from the Japanese government to cancel large-scale events,” organizers wrote on Twitter, “but above all thinking about the health of our visitors and everyone involved, we have decided to cancel the event.”

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

Basically lots of events where a mass of people will gather are now cancelled. Concerts, anime live events, exhibitions.

Public schools in Japan will also be closing early, starting next week.

It’s definitely starting to get scary.