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Japan cancels emperor's New Year event due to virus spike

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No brainer here, but now will the government "cancel" all the people, literally millions, who go and visit Meiji Shrine and all the other temples and shrines over New Year's.

Talk about "super-spreader" events!" THOSE are petri dishes just waiting to explode!

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Now THAT'S a smart idea.

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He could just do it all online and read us all a haiku.

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And all the politicians are still pushing the Olympics down the public's throat....ridiculous.

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It is the first time the event has been called off since 1990, when the country was mourning the death the previous year of Emperor Hirohito, the grandfather of the current emperor.

A nitpick it is though, the cancelation happened in 1989 as well when Emperor Hirohito was gravely ill (He passed away almost a week later, ending the era Showa).

Other than the annual New Year meet, the public gatherings at royal palace has been called off several times; the latest was on Feb 23 of this year (Emperor's Birthday) due to the pandemic.

Wish for it coming back to the normal.

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A smart step in the right direction, now cancel all gatherings at these huge temples and shrines and do not permit trains to run all night and the list goes on. Have people cancel their traditional Christmas/ year end parties that are just drinking festivals along with these New Year celebration parties in January.

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Given the age demographic of the attendees, it's an obvious move.

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YubaruToday  07:46 am JST

No brainer here, but now will the government "cancel" all the people, literally millions, who go and visit Meiji Shrine and all the other temples and shrines over New Year's.

Talk about "super-spreader" events!" THOSE are petri dishes just waiting to explode!

Wait till you see Times Square on Dec 31, 2020.

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O if Abe ban Suga's party didn't pay for travel, meals and hotels with taxpayer money, this is a very responsible response!

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Wait till you see Times Square on Dec 31, 2020.

How is Times Square relevant to Meiji Shrine?

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