Lots and lots of people enjoying the outdoors today. Commentators on TV are all shouting about "what about the second wave?!", but it seems that most people have started to wonder if we've even had a first wave. 20K people in five months spread across 46 prefectures1 in a country with 126-million residents and a death rate of 3.8% (or 5.1% if you're a smoker or over the age of 85) means the risks are not high enough to warrant continued trepidation.

Apparently courts are also bracing for a flood of divorce proceedings this summer.


  1. There have been 0 cases of COVID-19 in Iwate prefecture, which isn't too surprising really. It's a place people go through, not to.