Putting others at risk by protesting against masks on the Yamanote train line. As new cases of coronavirus continue to rise in a number of countries around the world, worrying divides have begun to form as those opposed to mask-wearing decry recommendations and requests to cover their faces to help stop the spread of the […]
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Back in June of 2020, a huge Black Lives Matter demonstration took place in Tokyo, drawing over 3,000 participants. Sierra Todd, a 19-year-old art student from the US living in Tokyo, was mostly responsible for organizing the massive event.
Todd sat down with us to tell us why she felt compelled to have a BLM march in Tokyo which seemingly blew up overnight, and how local Japanese people helped her make it happen.
Videography by Ken Yoshizawa, Reporting by Randiah Camille Green
Source: 世論 What Japan Thinks
Shibe doge memes are as close as I’ll get to liking mutts, and all yappy rat dogs could disappear tomorrow and I wouldn’t shed a tear.
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A lot of Japanese folks believe that gargling will prevent you from catching a cold or the flu, a tradition that goes as far back as the Heian Period. While rinsing your mouth with salted water or medicine certainly helps with bad breath and keeping good oral hygiene, there’s very little supporting evidence that it actually prevents you from catching a cold.
That didn’t stop the governor of Osaka from claiming, during a briefing earlier this week, that gargling medicine can keep the novel coronavirus at bay based on the results of a limited trial, far from meeting scientific standards. The claim took the mouthwash brands themselves by surprise and the Japanese Ministry of Health declared that it’s too early to tell if the trial results are accurate. Even WHO announced that there is no evidence supporting that mouthwash can prevent you from catching COVID-19.
Seeing (on TV) is believing…
Nonetheless, (way too) many people in Japan took the advice at face value and rushed into their nearest store. The fever for povidone-iodine gargle products cleared shelves overnight, not only in the Kansai region but across the entire country.
Japan is now facing yet another type of shortage, with soaring prices online as more and more worried buyers are desperately looking to catch the last bottles of precious antiseptic mouthwash.
“The competition for isodine (gargle solution) has started!!!!”
“2020 Panic buying/product shortage:
Gargle ← [now here]
People are so incredibly gullible to information, or perhaps should I say,
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Fittingly right before Obon too. Four minutes before midnight on 5 August, flight JL123 was seen approaching Narita Airport from Narita Airport on the flight tracking website Flight Radar 24. Once spotted, this got the attention of many online and understandably so as Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashed 35 years ago almost to the day. […]