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Discipline, discipline, discipline: A glimpse at how the Japanese face COVID

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Andres Diego Delgado used to be a famous broadcaster here.

One of the early batches of radio reporters here who started with the Radio Mindanao Network affiliate when it was still known as Agong, Andy, as he is famously known, is now a migrant to Japan where he now lives with his family in Matsusaka City, Mie Prefecture.

Andy notes the differences between the Philippines and Japan in terms of government policies and how citizens respond.

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He said government, for example, did not impose any quarantine levels in Japan and the police are not sent out to the streets to arrest anyone for violations of quarantine provisions.

Government, he said, “does not order but ‘requests’ people to follow rules under a state of emergency but does not pass any laws.”

Aside from that, the Japanese government gave subsidies to all citizens up to 100,000 yen each, with frontliners receiving more.

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Citizens, on the other hand, voluntarily follow requests from government like at one point not going to public places and practicing bio-safety messures like hamdwashing, wearing masks and maintaining distance.

Japan has more than 25,000 confirmed cases so far nationwide, making it one of the countries with low COVID infections so far.

Andy notes the culture of discipline of the Japanese starts in school.

Andy Delgado with family
Andy Delgado (2nd from left) with family at Japan. | Photo from Krishiel Delgado FB account.
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Follow the link below for the observation report of DNX Japan special correspondent Andy Delgado.

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Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.


  1. Indeed! japanese discipline is feat in it self. It is as almost like the entire country of japan acts like a ‘collective’. A collective with one purpose, and that is the betterment of the entire nation before ones self.

    I hope that with this, japan can send a message to the entire world.



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