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  • I think the number of people walking outside has actually gone up!

  • People think "I am gonna be fine" or "The beach is gonna be safe"

  • That's what many think. If you go to a park there are dozens of people.

  • Hey guys and girls on Ask Japanese... It's Cathy Cat and today I am joined by my friend....

  • Hi I am Hiroko from Hiroko TV!

  • (and the director edited her on the left side so I am pointing in the wrong direction)

  • And today we are gonna talk about what things have changed in Japan now that we have

  • The state of Emergency.

  • What's been going on and stuff like that, we though we are gonna get a Japanese opinion in as well

  • And there we go, let's start this! - Let's start!

  • So then "State of Emergency"

  • So since we are in this right now... how has the cityscape changed around you?

  • I heard that there are less people out in Tokyo....

  • Many people are not going outside or try not to go on the trains....

  • Watching Japanese TV it looks like in Tokyo there are less people out. I live in Yokohama

  • But here in Yokohama... around my house there isn't anything exciting...

  • Normally you would not see many people around here... but people can only stay near their houses now...

  • That's why I feel like there are actually MORE people outside now.

  • More people out?

  • I can look down to the streets from the veranda and I see more people walk around there now.

  • I think they might be shopping... my local supermarket is a lot more crowded now too.

  • Isn't that bad?!

  • Yes this scares me so I only buy online or go shopping really late at night.

  • I quickly hop in just before the supermarket closes and get my things.

  • If I go earlier it will be too busy.

  • In Yokohama are there a lot of people who work in Tokyo generally? - Yes cause it's close.

  • The Diamond Princess Cruise Ship was also stopping here in Yokohama.

  • How did Yokohama react when the Diamond Princess cases started emerging?

  • Nothing changed much. They talked about it in the news but in Japan...

  • we were scared but didn't think it would affect us yet, at the time.

  • Did people think they will be fine since guests of the ship were closed in?

  • Yes and next comes my personal opinion...

  • The cruise ship case happened BEFORE the olympics got cancelled right?

  • True!!!

  • The Japanese media didn't yet know what was gonna happen to the Olympics....

  • During those times the media couldn't say "Corona is dangerous, do not go outside."

  • The "This is dangerous, stay at home" order wasn't out at that time yet.

  • At that time, there wasn't anything like that.

  • AFTER the olympics got cancelled, suddenly the way people covered it changed drastically.

  • True true.

  • Many were suspicious of that.

  • I think the media couldn't warn people at the time.

  • They didn't warn as much even though they maybe should have.

  • I think people were not worried at the time.

  • In Japan for better or worse there is no way to force people to stay inside their homes right?

  • Yes our law is like that.

  • People and businesses who don't abide by the rules do not get fined or anything.

  • In a good way, the freedom of the people here cannot be taken away...

  • Supporting the freedom of humanity is good but in the case of the virus now...

  • you can't push Japanese citizens to follow the rules.

  • I read that this morning but many pachinko gambling parlors aren't closing right?

  • This is pretty dangerous. Near my house there is a pachinko gambling parlor.

  • Yeah. - It's not like people HAVE TO gamble right now. - Yeah

  • The doors are closed, and the air inside is stuffy and so many people!

  • When I went to my supermarket late at night yesterday...

  • But that parlor was still open. The prefecture of Osaka is telling the parlors to close...

  • and they announced the names of the parlors that are not listening to the closing request.

  • Saying "They are not listing to our requests!"

  • They announced their names, but the pachinko parlors made excuses,

  • saying "if we don't open we won't be able to pay our parlor employees"

  • What else can we do?

  • But that's the same for all businesses right now!!! - Right!!

  • Fashion stores and everyone is the same. This is not a good enough excuse for gambling.

  • Many businesses are enduring this closure time. The earlier we all react now,

  • the earlier we can all return to our work! But if we half heartedly keep unnecessary places open

  • especially badly ventilated places...

  • It makes us wonder if our endurance is in vain.

  • I don't think it's in vain but...

  • The bosses of pachinko parlors want to have their way right?

  • But the staff might actually be scared to work.

  • That's possible. - "I still gotta go? I can't take this time off?" they'll think.

  • Of course if you tell people not to work...

  • there will be many who can't work, can't pay the bills and will become homeless...

  • There might be people like this soon.

  • That's what makes it hard for me to strictly say "close the gambling places."

  • But if we all don't work together on this, it might drag on for longer and destroy more.

  • Especially gambling places are not there to better the lives of people here. - True.

  • It's just gambling right? Pachinko is gambling.

  • I wish people could refrain from that in the current face of events.

  • I was shocked HOW MANY people were in the parlor here.

  • They announced the names of the uncooperative parlors but... it feels like... that didn't make a change.

  • They can't do more than announce their names. - Isn't that almost free advertisement??

  • I thought so too!!! - "Oh they are still open! Whee"

  • I am sure some people will be "Oh they are open, now I can go!"

  • The country doesn't seem to have the power to force uncooperative businesses

  • to abide to the State of Emergency. That's a shock.

  • Generally I think having that freedom of movement in Japan is great...

  • but in this case.......

  • In other countries there are quarantine passes. Each family has one quarantine pass.

  • We don't have a system like that in Japan.

  • There are even people who go out without masks.

  • There are people without masks and people who hang out with friends like nothing happened.

  • That's scary!

  • When I went to the supermarket there was a big family who brought all the kids...

  • The kids were coughing, yet touching many products in the store and put them back... I saw that.

  • I was really shocked to see that.

  • If we all endure this time now... and compared to other countries I thought Japan is good at enduring

  • yet I am confused why things are coming to this. Why is that so?

  • Maybe it's because BEFORE the Olympics people weren't so strict about it.

  • It seemed like we are going to be ok.

  • But then suddenly things got serious. Yet many still seem to think "we are going to be ok".

  • I think the general consciousness of the situation is changing now.

  • More people take it seriously.

  • But no matter where you life there will always be people who say "I don't give a ****"

  • True true.

  • I saw families talking out kids in groups or large teenager hangouts...

  • Big busy places like Shibuya and Harajuku or Tokyo station are empty now right?

  • You think that's great. The news are saying that's big too "Nobody is here!!"

  • However... in the residential areas in Tokyo, so many people are mingling outside.

  • Same here. People can't go to Tokyo's hotspots... so they all meet up in the nearest park.

  • Oh yeah I was so shocked!!!

  • I had to go to the office, so we came without riding the train by car...

  • The director was driving we were SO careful when we went to the company.

  • What absolutely shocked me then....

  • The moment we entered that Tokyo Suginami ward, SO MANY PEOPLE were out!

  • The mall was packed with people shopping, there were older men strolling around without masks,

  • 3 friends having fun shopping for shoes and such...

  • The mall was so full with people, I couldn't see to the other side. - Scary!!!

  • I thought that's dangerous. We have a chance to learn from the mistakes other countries have done

  • This is our chance to not make the same mistakes, from which other countries are suffering now...

  • I think we have the time and power to protect more people right now... - Yeah!

  • So I was like "WHY are there SO MANY people out!" I was so shocked.

  • That's pretty bad. I didn't know because I didn't leave the house.

  • But yeah generally people don't go to hang out in parks THAT much.

  • People go to malls or amusement parks that are more fun.

  • Or go to bars or karaoke.

  • We can't do this, so many go to parks...

  • At parks where there are usually only 2 people, there are now dozens of people.

  • Yeah I've seen that.

  • I think that can't be helped. Some families have small kids...

  • and it's stressy with a child in the house.

  • So I understand why families want to take their kids out to the park as family.

  • Well... I guess....

  • We others should exercise at home though.

  • My mum made some cloth masks when the virus situation started.

  • That's good to know.

  • If I should get the government masks, I will give them away to my friends who work in hospitals.

  • That's kind of you. - I am not leaving the house see

  • I just wash and re-use the cloth masks I have.

  • There is always someone who needs it more than me.

  • I have a friend who is a nurse.

  • I want to give her my masks.

  • True. I heard that hospitals are running out of masks now... that's worrying.

  • Yes. I am so grateful for the people that are still working at the hospitals!

  • You stay healthy Hiroko! Stay healthy!!! - Thank you!!! You too!!!!!

  • Thank's for sharing your insight and I catch you soon. Stay healthy, stay

  • safe and good luck with your challenge. Oh yes, she's doing a challenge on her channel

  • right now as well. She is putting up videos every day. So you wanna go hop over to your channel. It's in English right?

  • Yes mainly in English.

  • It's in English so Catch you soon bye!

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    Summer posted on 2020/05/02
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