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Hi Blog. Instead of me writing an essay, this time I’d like to hear how life during pandemic is going in Japan from you.
After all, I can talk all I like about what officialdom is up to, but in the end, we are a community, and hearing about how government policy and civil society affects Debito.org Readers is just as important.
Let me open the floor for discussion in the Comments Section by asking a few prompt questions:
1) Have you witnessed the effects of Japanese Government policy, especially when compared with what’s being put into effect in other countries (such as official calls at the local level for social distancing, the state of emergency in several prefectures, etc.)? How would you gauge their effectiveness?
2) Have you been or do you know of anyone who has been sick with COVID? Has anyone you know been tested yet? How were they processed by officials and treated by their peers/neighbors?
3) How is your workplace reacting to this pandemic? Are your bosses giving you space to distance, or is it still basically business as usual with rudimentary PPE (i.e., masks etc.)? Is there any resistance to working from home? If so, what and why?
4) Is there still panic buying of products, and if so, what are there currently shortages of? Any pet theories as to why?
5) Do you see much difference in your treatment by Japanese society or media for being NJ (or a Visible Minority) due to the pandemic? Are things better, worse, or basically the same?
6) What (national and local) media messages are you seeing about NJ in Japan?
Again, these are just prompts. Answer as many questions as you like. Or tell us something else about COVID Life in Japan if you’re inspired. And if you’re not in Japan, please tell us where you are and what’s going on around you, too (and if you can, compare it with Japan). Of course, in all cases, be comfortably vague about your whereabouts.
Thanks. We’re looking forward to your stories. Debito Arudou, Ph.D.
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