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For the Japanese, it is extremely difficult to know when to take off their masks, as it is at least partly a matter of etiquette.

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Yomiuri Shimbun columnist Junya Hashimoto, explaining why it may take a long time before people stop wearing face masks which they have gotten used to due to the coronavirus.

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“ For the Japanese, it is extremely difficult to know when to take off their masks, as it is at least partly a matter of etiquette. “

[ Yomiuri Shimbun columnist Junya Hashimoto, explaining why it may take a long time before people stop wearing face masks which they have gotten used to due to the coronavirus. ]

Thank you for this, JT…; … we can all say that this is just another excuse to ensure the prolonged use of masks…; it’s notextremely difficult”, you just need some common sense…; but Junya Hashimoto knows this, he’s just saying what certain groups of people wanna hear (the same people that still think they have the right to influence the way Japanese people think)…;

I’ve been “ following the rules “ for three years… I’ve been wearing this thing for three years… enough is enough.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

I take my mask off when at home and "out and about".

I estimate that most people, especially the kiddies, only wear masks about 4 to 5 hours a day, on a regular 平日. A lot less time than playing video games until 3 am, I might add.

Of course there will be outliers that wear them longer because they are aware of the health benefits of masks.

As the quote implies, it is personal choice to wear a mask, not the law so feel free to not use one.

Time for me to tend to my bonsai, as I study hiragana, before I eat sushi in the Ginza, wearing a kimono, whilst I live in Tokyo in Japan.

3 ( +10 / -7 )

When people visit our home I ask them to remove the masks. I don't wear one on the streets but still a requirement in the stores and transport.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

as it is at least partly a matter of etiquette

or rather a matter of paranoia....

2 ( +6 / -4 )

It's not a Japanese thing, it's an Asian thing (Japan, Korea & China). Be ready to keep seeing people wearing them more than pre-covid even after kafunsho season.

The Jgov will have to issue an ordinance to not wear masks or face fines.

This ain't North Korea. We have freedom.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

paranoia is the feeling without basis that someone is out to get you basically

Yes, that appears to be how many people feel about the virus.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Just arrived on my smartphone from Hyogo

Today, the 41st Kansai Wide Area Union Union's New Coronavirus Infectious Disease Infectious Diseases Countermeasures Headquarters has been discussing and announcing the declaration to walk for a new stage in Kansai.

 The new positive number of new Corona is declining.

 In addition, from May 8, the position of the infection law has become a class 5 -class infection, and the initiatives for over three years have reached a major turning point ( * early this month, the direction of the future medical provision system. Sex will be shown).

 Various measures by the government and local governments are gradually reduced and reduced, and it is necessary to protect the whole society with personal awareness.

 Let's move on to a new stage with your feelings in Kansai.

 Wear a mask according to the scene

 ○ From March 13, wearing a mask will be a personal judgment.

 (1) When visiting a medical institution,

(2) visiting a medical institution or facility,

(3) when boarding a crowded train or bus, such as

(3) Wearing a mask is recommended. doing.

 ○ When going to a crowded place with a higher risk of seriously illuminated during the new corona, it is effective to wear a mask as a countermeasure to protect yourself from infection.

 Continuation of initiatives to prevent infection from expanding

 ○ We would like to ask for the continuation of basic infection measures, such as avoidance,

hand washing, finger disinfection, effective ventilation, and appropriate attachment and detachment of masks.

 ○ If you have symptoms, those who have a positive new Corona, or have a positive family, please refrain from going out.

 If you have to go out at the hospital, please avoid crowds and wear a mask.

 ○ If there are rules for wearing masks such as medical institutions or facilities for the elderly, follow them.

 ○ In the future, the vaccination system for large-scale vaccination venues may be reduced, so if you wish to be vaccinated, please consider early inoculation.

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Did I not predict yesterday another mask article today and tomorrow and again, again, again, WE get it JT you dislike mask mandate, But mask wearing in Japan is by choice not by mandate. Can we go a day without a mask article?????? JT.

Recommendations on mask wearing are about to change - on March 13th, the government will no longer recommend wearing masks on public transport outside of crowded rush hour trains, for example. Furthermore, COVID will be downgraded to a similar level to influenza in May. Tourism to Japan is also stepping up and many of those visitors are coming from countries that got rid of masks and mask mandates a long time ago - for visitors from those countries, finding the vast majority of Japanese still masked up must be, a somewhat bizarre experience. So, with all of this going on, it doesn't seem unreasonable for a Japanese news outlet publishing in English to want to cover this topic quite regularly.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Therefore, even though the government says you don't have to wear one, people will, as they did before Covid.

Yeah but it ain't right I tell you!!!

People should burn the face underpants right now, you all hear.

It's not the law to wear one so why wear one?!?!!!!! I wear one but I can't wait until March 13th when I won't wear a face pamper.

People don't have to wear masks. It's their choice not the law.

A dose of irony...

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Masks were popular among the Asia population long before Covid came to town. They supposedly ward off colds, hayfever, and other unwanted phlegm from the wearer. They were especially popular among females who didn't want to be seen in public without make-up; the masks hid it.

Therefore, even though the government says you don't have to wear one, people will, as they did before Covid.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Eh, at this point let them obscure half their faces for the rest of eternity so long as they stop side-eyeing those that don't.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Etiquette is if you care about infecting other people.

Paranoia is if you're afraid of getting infected.

Though that is not actual paranoia, paranoia is the feeling without basis that someone is out to get you basically

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

The Jgov will have to issue an ordinance to not wear masks or face fines.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

as it is at least partly a matter of etiquette

or rather a matter of paranoia....

Surely a degree of paranoia is ingrained in Japanese etiquette

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Yes, that appears to be how many people feel about the virus.

"many" people feel paranoid about everything.

An infection that can be deadly even for young healthy people is something completely worth of taking precautions, and if a group of measures demonstrates being extremely useful for that purpose (so much that the easier to control influenza was all but eradicated) it is understandable that people will persist using it even if the risk decreases or the specific situation makes it unnecessary.

Covid is not something that people baselessly think could affect them, the risks are real.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Just keep them on forever then nothing can go wrong. There will always be a reason, or you can make one up.

-5 ( +17 / -22 )

Did I not predict yesterday another mask article today and tomorrow and again, again, again, WE get it JT you dislike mask mandate, But mask wearing in Japan is by choice not by mandate. Can we go a day without a mask article?????? JT.

-6 ( +8 / -14 )

Just keep them on forever then nothing can go wrong. There will always be a reason, or you can make one up.

true.

-12 ( +10 / -22 )

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