By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

May 22, 2020

Abe’s Mask Fiasco

On April 1, 2020 PM Abe announced an insane plan to send packets of two cloth masks to every mailbox in Japan. As time passed, the people learned that the masks and subsequent distribution would cost 46.6 billion yen. Initial recipients of the masks revealed that they were too small for adults and that many were poorly sewn, moldy or dirty. This necessitated a recall and checking of the masks.

My cloth masks arrived on May 18th. As I had expected, the masks are too small, so I’m planning to donate them to the after-school classroom teacher at the elementary school once my aikido classes resume.

Had Abe been a bit more in touch with Japan’s citizens, he could have put patterns for making masks on the Internet and called on the students who were stuck at home doing nothing to sew them for their families, relatives and friends. Knowing the Japanese, I’m pretty sure that many students would have sewn extra and donated them to various organizations as well.

Abe’s mask should be put in a frame in a museum of Japanese history as an example of how out-of-touch his administration has been with reality and the Japanese populace.

安倍のマスクの大失敗

202041日に安倍首相は全国の各郵便受けに2枚の布マスクを配布することを発表した。時間が少し経ってから、マスクは海外で作って配布を含む総費用が466億円だと明らかになった。配布開始直後、届けたマスクが大人の顔には小さすぎる上、カビが生えたり、汚れたり、サイズにバラつきがあったりしていることも更に分かった。政権が慌てて、検品に掛かった。

写真に写っている私の『安倍のマスク』は518日に届いた。思った通り、大人には小さ過ぎる。合気道稽古がまた出来るようになったときに放課後教室の先生に差し上げると思っている。

安倍首相が国民を本当に理解していたら、インターネットに印字可能なマスク型紙と作る説明を上げただろう。当時、休校中の中・高生に家族や友人にマスクを作るように呼びかければ皆はより立派なマスクを作ったに違いない。日本人のことだから、何人かの学生達はきっと老人ホームなどにも寄付しただろう。

日本史の博物館に安倍のマスクを額縁に入れて、『現実を理解できなかった安倍政権の証拠』の表題で展示すべきだ。

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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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