By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

March 21, 2020

Quarantine Shaming

In an AP article yesterday entitled, “‘Quarantine shaming’: US navigates radical new social norms” Gillian Flaccus outlines how Americans are now expressing their irritation at those who ignore social distancing for their own selfish pleasures.

According to the article, a person who posted photos on Instagram of a small dinner gathering of local business leaders at a local restaurant was blasted for his actions in the current COVID-19 environment where people are being encouraged to self-isolate. Likewise, the people who flocked to the less-populated suburbs from LA as soon as schools were closed were singled out.

It made me think about Japan and the large numbers of people (especially teenagers) who are ignoring the government’s admonition to stay home and refrain from unnecessary travel.

As we enter the 2nd day of the requested ban on travel between Osaka and Hyogo prefectures, I keep thinking of how selfish some Japanese have become. The TV showed interviews of people asking them about their reactions to the ban and I was appalled by the number of interviewees who had no intent to change their plans to visit Osaka from Hyogo for personal pleasure. Their self-centered actions will help spread the virus even if they aren’t aware of it. Another person on the train or in a store will create a more crowded environment. It’s time for people to start using common sense and to start making decisions that will benefit the many and not only themselves.

不要不急移動を辱める

昨日のネット配信のAP通信の「“‘Quarantine shaming’: US navigates radical new social norms隔離辱め:アメリカは画期的な社会基準を方向づける)記事には社会距離戦略を自分の娯楽のために無視する人に対してアメリカ人がそのわがままな人を辱めていることが取り上げられた。

記事を読むと、アリゾナ州の商工会のリーダーがレストランの少人数の集りをインタグラムにアップしたことで続々、数多くの辱めるコメントが書かれた。他にも学校閉鎖した途端にLAの市内から人口密度の少ない郊外に逃げて遊ぶ例の批判も取り上げられている。アメリカでは社会距離戦略の辱めが増えているようだ。

その記事を読みながら日本のことを考えた。今の緊急事態の中、数多くの人は政府の不要不急要請を無視している(特にバカモノ若者)。

今日は大阪府・兵庫県知事の県間の不要移動要請の2日目に入ると、日本人の自己中心的な変化が浮かぶ。昨日の町の人のインタビューで何人かがその要請を無視するつもりと知った。自分の遊びは皆を護る要請よりも大事らしく、買物などに動くらしい。彼らの自分勝手な行動はわざっとでもなく皆を危険にさらす。電車や店内の密度があくまでも一人増えるのでウイルス感染リスクが高まる。自分のことだけを考えず、他人を考える時期は今だ!世界で感心されていた昔の利他的な日本人に戻ってほしい。

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English novels by Billy Hammond published by AELS

(AELS出版英語書籍リスト)

 

I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers

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