If you have ever lived in Japan or worked with Japanese company, you may know or heard of Golden Week.
Which is a weeklong holiday, from end of Apr to 5th May.
Year 2021 has a specially long GW.
E.g. 11days off from 29th Apr – 9th May.
And a State of emergency.
It took place from Monday.
Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo are subject due to an obvious rise of COVID cases.
This time, Yokohama is under another emergency regulation that is not well known.
People in Tokyo are visiting Yokohama. Because Tokyo is under emergency situation.
I’ve read about how patient we are seen, after 2011.3.11 Japanese have been acknowledged “patience” globally. But this time is different.
Without clear justification, people are not going to follow the instruction given by a government.
Now finally doctors and nurses get vaccinated, then elderly people.
Fortunate my mother will be able to receive it in a month or so.
Once GW ends, it is mid May.
Then time flies by to June.
We (16<we<65?) are not going to receive vaccines by Sep.
And July comes,
2020 (2021) Olympic/Paralympic games.
There are still three months.
Or there are only three months.
I think Olympic/Paralympic bids was historical,
it was supposed to be meaningful event, only if it is COVID free.
There are patients who are losing lives, doctors and nurses who are saving lives. Covid-19 has been there for two years.
This is my personal opinion, but those people are not center of attention, because of Olympic/Paralympic prep is ongoing in parallel.
Of course the event is huge, life changing experience and exceptional.
We bought tickets for the games. We want to watch games with our own eyes, at the same time we feel it is not appropriate timing in the midst of pandemic.
I applied volunteering role, which I had to decline due to schedule uncertainty last year.
For athletes, 4 years of endurance, this time it was 5 years without consent, which is not something can give up easily.
Still the question has to be asked “what if you lose your life?”