Japan’s Vaccine Statement is Trending, Because It’s Actually Sane

Fighting off contagious disease is a game of strategy. While the United States and Europe are playing checkers, Japan is playing chess.

I know that there are a ton of nerds out there that think that everything about Japan is awesome, and seek to emulate them in every single way. In light of this, I present the following, and let the otaku nerds know that the ball is in their court:

SANITY!!!

Actual, honest, richly-needed SANITY!

While it’s all sound, I’d like to zero in on this part:

“Although we encourage all citizens to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, it is not compulsory or mandatory. Vaccination will be given only with the consent of the person to be vaccinated after the information provided. Please get vaccinated of your own decision, understanding both the effectiveness in preventing infectious diseases, and the risk of side effects. No vaccination will be given without consent. Please do not force anyone in your workplace or those around you to be vaccinated, and do not discriminate against those who have not been vaccinated.”

Put another way, “Please don’t be like those Americans or Europeans, who have collectively lost their minds.” This seems to have been written with a certain awareness of what’s going on around the world, particularly in places like Australia where the way the coronavirus has been handled has been distinctly authoritarian. Chillingly, vaccine authoritarianism seems to be on the rise in Germany.

I get the idea that there may be a spike in demand for plane tickets to Japan, particularly for one-way trips.

How about it, anime nerds? Is Japan based, or what?

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