Andy in Tokyo

Swine flu hits Tokyo

May 22nd 2009
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Japanese organisations, especially big ones, seem to relish the task of preparing for emergencies. The recent swine flu outbreak is being used by the media here as a way of boring people to death by repeating the same information over and over (and over) again. Wednesday’s nine o’clock news on NHK devoted more than thirty minutes to the subject, leaving only a few seconds for the baseball results and something about a “global recession”, whatever that is.

To combat the evil menace that is H1N1 flu my company has decided that we need to be told how to wash our hands:

We’ve also been told to wear surgical masks in the office and on the trains. God only knows what kind of instructional material they’ll provide if there’s a severe outbreak of dysentery.

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  1. Jon Allen says:

    We too just had new poster go up in the gents toilets at work with similar instructions on hand washing.

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