I will say more-on the contrary-in Japan, the quarantine was lifted from school institutions, which was announced three weeks ago, and from April 1 (the beginning of the school year in Japan), all children will go to school as usual?
There is now an increased promotion of hygiene around the world. Presidents of various countries and mayors of capital cities teach their citizens to wash their hands, not to touch their faces, not to shake hands and not to hug each other, call for more frequent wet cleaning, call for proper nutrition and moderation, and so on and so on.
In Japan, everything is somewhat different.
Let's go point by point.
1. Those who have visited Japan will have noticed that the Japanese either do not smell by at all or if something smells, it is the faint aroma of some light perfume. The reason is that the Japanese are terribly clean and taking a shower three times a day is a norm (twice a day is a minimum). Washing your hands at every possible opportunity is the norm.
2. Japanese often change clothes, and underwear changed several times a day. This is the norm.
3. In Japan, it is not customary to touch people. Handshaking, hugging and just touching are very intimate actions and are only allowed in a circle of extremely close people. Japanese bow вЂ” for all occasions.
4. Distance. The Japanese always keep their distance. Whether you are standing in line at a store or at an ATM or waiting for public transport and so on, no one will be breathing down your neck. Distance. If the conditions allow, then more than a meter.
5. Not only during periods of seasonal epidemics but every day and all year round (like all previous points) throughout the country, throughout Japan, all public places and all public transport are sanitized. By the way, a lot of things happen automatically around the clock. For example, the tape of an escalator handrail is treated with a disinfecting antibacterial solution around the clock when it goes under the floor (there is a special machine there). If there is a busy flow of people somewhere, then such places are washed constantly, and not according to the schedule.
6. All over the country, all toilets are free of charge, incredibly clean and extremely well equipped, and you can wash your hands with soap and generally clean yourself up at any time. Often, many toilets are equipped with special reclining areas where you can change your underwear, socks, or just change completely.
7. Almost all food stores have special sinks with soap dispensers.
8. All food in stores is packaged and sealed. Even ordinary potatoes are Packed in plastic bags. Not all vegetables are Packed, but this is very rare. For example, many people are surprised when they buy local chocolate and try to open it, but it is in a sealed capsule, and not just wrapped in foil.
9. If a Japanese person is ill, they wear a mask so as not to infect others. Always. It's not a shame, and no one will point a finger at it.
10. The Japanese do not like to travel outside their country. The outside world seems to them aggressive, very strange and dangerous.
11. Japan has extremely high-quality products with a very short shelf life. The requirement for food quality in Japan is the most severe in the world since the Japanese eat a lot without heat treatment (eggs, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and much more). Food in Japan is so fresh and incredibly clean that you can eat it raw without any fear, which the Japanese do. I just want to note that such food should be written that it can be eaten raw. I often eat raw eggs and fish here and it is absolutely safe.
12. The Japanese are extremely mobile. They run a lot, play active games, play sports, which allows them to maintain vigor and strength until very old age.
13. The Japanese are extremely moderate in food. It is quite difficult to meet a thick Japanese, even at an old age, although I have seen several times, I do not remember where or when.
And all in this spirit and a lot of other things in a similar way.
In other words, what the world now calls quarantine and special temporary measures and requires execution under pain of severe punishment, in Japan is called the natural daily hygiene of the modern civilized person and is taught this from birth and then followed it all their lives every second.
P.S. I noticed another interesting feature. European women who have come to Japan and have lived here for a relatively long time look much younger than their years. I want to say that the youth of Japanese women is not only in the genes. The entire environment (climate, food, lifestyle, cosmetics, and so on) has a very strong impact on a person living in Japan.