英語で読み解く現代社会 10/26 (1) インタビュー「アメリカ人記者が見た現代社会」
Mr. Landers. How do you look at the impact of the virus, the COVID-19 virus on the Japanese society?
Obviously, it’s had a huge impact on pretty much every country around the world. And I don’t think any country has passed this test with flying colors or gotten an A+ on this unprecedented challenge. One thing that struck me is just the compliance of Japanese people with requirements, such as wearing masks. I used the word “requirements” in fact, there is no law anywhere that says you must wear a mask. And yet maybe 80 – 90 percents or more people of people on subways or in stores are, in fact, wearing them.
I don’t think any country has passed this test with flying colors or gotten an A+ on this unprecedented challenge.
with flying colors 翻る勝利の旗、素晴らしい成績で、上出来で
One thing that struck me is just the compliance of Japanese people with requirements, such as wearing masks.
compliance of Japanese people with requirements
Maybe, there’s social pressure, peer pressure, for many people. And so, they, they do what they think, the society is asking of them. And even more so, especially during the state of emergency, I was struck even in my own neighborhood by how many businesses shut down. They didn’t have to shut down. It was technically voluntary. But, just walking to, Shibuya, and going to department stores and seeing they’re all closed down. Maybe just a handful of restaurants were open at the peak of the state of emergency. I live about the 30 minute walk from, from Shibuya crossing. So, I would walk there and see how many stores were closed. All voluntarily. That’s the part about the response that struck me. That is…There were no policemen saying “Close down” you know, with a gun anything like that. It was just, voluntary compliance.