As I was entering the Toritsu Daigaku station this afternoon, I couldn’t help but notice three people, one wielding a bullhorn and shouting that the corona virus is a hoax and that people should not be forced to be vaccinated. Most sane people will realize that corona is not a hoax, and if these people were just a bit more observant, they would have noticed that nobody in Japan has even hinted that getting vaccinated will be made mandatory. Still, they were out there, shouting their message at around 3pm and still going at it three hours later.
The signs variously read:
Corona is a lie, Corona is a farce, Refuse to be vaccinated (on placards hung over the railing and not visible in this photo, but visible to people leaving the station), and Remove your mask! (on the back of one of the signs you see in this photo.
I am happy to say that this is the first (and perhaps the last) time I will see this kind of nonsense in Japan. The average Japanese believes in science to a much greater degree than many Americans, especially Bible-thumping evangelicals and those who have turned flouting commonsense guidelines and recommendations into a show of patriotism and support for their savior. And I’m not talking about the one written about in the New Testament; he was a person of color who advocated many laudable behavior patterns that the unmasked conspiracy theorist cretins in the US find hard to follow in their daily lives.
Anyway, we don’t have this problem in Japan, and the scene on the street in front of our local station is clearly an aberration in a very sensible society.