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Graduation ceremonies scaled down in Japan due to virus

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Graduation from Kindergarten.....I know folks love ceremonies here, but somehow there are times when I think they over do it!

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A number of schools in Japan held graduation ceremonies Tuesday amid the new coronavirus outbreak, by limiting the number of participants and shortening the proceedings to prevent the spread of the pneumonia-causing virus.

I think a lot of students are thinking, thank you Virus!

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speeches were handed out on paper rather than delivered orally.

ummm.... is it just me or does this seem backwards? I doubt the speech droplets will reach the crowd. I hope the ones printing the speeches or handing them out doesn’t have the virus!

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@yaburu

You took the words out of my mouth man. Not being able to graduate from kindergarten shouldn't be the end of the world for people, especially when we have a pandemic to contend with. Priorities, gesh!

Its like in safety Japan, the only thing on people's minds is how measures against the virus are inconveniencing them. Well, folks, you ain't seen anything yet. This is just getting started.

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Sad for the students to enjoy once in a life time experience. But life over virus.

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The graduations happen in all the schools and universities.

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These ceremonies are so plain and boring. No gowns or hats. Ugly red and white striped wall deco. No awards or bursaries. Just accept your diloma, bow, and get out.

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Much better than nothing. It would also turn to be memorable one in a way ( "troubled, extraordinary moment" tend to be a popular topic, shared and recounted among former schoolmates at school reunions).

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My wife is still in contact with people she went to school with more than 50 years ago. Not all have have survived the time. Every year they still have reunions.

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Sad for the students to enjoy once in a life time experience.

Kindy, elementary, JHS, SHS, University = five times (!)

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My son is set to graduate from a Semmon Gakko this month and the parents have been barred from attending. I'm dissappointed because this is the last one and he was keen for me to attend.( he hasn't wanted people to come in the past) But their party and graduating trip to visit a medical needle factory has been cancelled as well.

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I'm going to my daughter's scaled down version on Thursday with the missus.But in a neighboring city kids can only have one parent attending.That is wack.

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While The WHO push countries to test test test

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200317_43/amp.html

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Mine was scaled down due to the 2009 swine flu outbreak. Freaking diseases. Hope this ends soon.

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Social distancing is going to be really difficult in a society so wedded to ceremony and ritual. Invalid CSRF

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Still they're gathering together somewhere else...

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I don't blame China. Viruses don't acknowledge borders and it would have arrived here sooner or later.

I do blame the regime there for trying to silence those brave doctors who went out of their way to warn us.

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Toasted Heretic said "I do blame the regime there for trying to silence those brave doctors who went out of their way to warn us."

What are you talking about ? Those doctors were Chinese communist party member, and dedicated their lives to save many others. They are heroes.

It takw WHO three months to announce pandemic. This is science, you have to accumulate sufficient knowledge to make any responsible decision, and that take time.

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What are you talking about ? Those doctors were Chinese communist party member, and dedicated their lives to save many others. They are heroes.

Yes, they are brave heroes, so why did the regime silence them? Why did the authorities spread misinformation?

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At Midoricho Elementary School in Chiba, near Tokyo, only graduates, their parents and teachers attended the ceremony..............

Ummm, who else would there be?

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Ummm, who else would there be?

Grandparents, cousins, family friends etc.

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@that_person it’s so that way the person delivering a speech doesn’t have to take their mask off to make themselves hard. Or so that way the speech isn’t severely muffled if they keep the mask on. That’s what I would imagine anyway.

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it did not look too scaled down to me.

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