is dreadfully spreading throughout the world, hospitalizing more than 3,100,000
people and taking the lives of more than 200,000 patients as of April 29, according
to Johns Hopkins University. It is no exceptions here in Tokyo.
virus is forcing all people in the world to change their lifestyles. Many have
been grounded for months. Essential workers, such as doctors, healthcare
workers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, supermarket clerks, garbage
collectors, delivery servicepersons, and staff involved in public transportation,
work outside facing the fear of infection.
been staying at my house in Tokyo for almost two months. Although the confirmed
cases and the death toll in Japan are lower than those in the United States,
there are hundreds of cases tested positive and dozens of casualties every day.
People are requested to refrain from non-essential journeys and maintain proper
social distancing like the US and other countries to avoid causing overshooting
of patients. These days I work from home, watch TV, surf the internet, read e-books,
have meals delivered at the door, eat them, and sleep in the bed.
knows when this inconvenience ends. Some say that it will take 18 months for everything
to get back to normal. Others say that it will never return to what it was
before the outbreak. Since public health specialists say that the situation in
Tokyo is three weeks behind that in New York City, the Metropolitan Government
will probably lift the de facto lockdown no sooner than three weeks after NYC. As
of today, no countries reopened business yet.
at home all day long, unless I buy foods at the grocery store or wash my laundry
at the laundromat. I have much more time to think about what the world will
become in forthcoming years. Here’s what I think the world will change: