September 14, 2020 at 11:38 am EDT
In Japan, coronavirus discrimination proves almost as difficult to eradicate as the virus
TOKYO – When a group of coronavirus infections erupted at Kyoto’s Horikawa hospital, medical staff weren’t just battling a potentially deadly illness at work. They returned home to fight an even more disturbing disease: fear and discrimination.
Their children have been expelled from kindergartens and after-schools, their spouses have been told not to come to work, three have been fired from their second job, and one has been told point blank to stay away from a favorite restaurant.
Almost nine months after the arrival of the new coronavirus in Japan, “korona sabetsu”
; (discrimination of the coronavirus) is proving almost as difficult to eradicate as the virus itself.
Of Simon Denyer and Akiko Kashiwagi