January 19th – On the evening of the 18th, local time, Mako Ōe, the host of Tokyo TV, appeared in the live broadcast of an economic information program wearing a mask.
She also explained in the program that there was a live discussion session on the same day, so she decided to wear a mask to reduce the infection of the novel coronavirus.
According to a report by Japan’s Daily News on the 19th, in World Financial Satellite TV on the evening of the 18th, Mariko Ōe and guest Yoichi Nida appeared in a mask on TV.
Ōe explained on camera wearing masks in the program, saying that “Tokyo has issued a state of emergency, which is a decision to further reduce the risk of infection”.
In order to prevent and control the epidemic, major Japanese TV stations have taken measures such as strictly observing social distancing, wearing masks for staff not appearing on camera, and setting up acrylic plates on the scene of the program.
The measure of Mariko Ōe and others to wear masks on camera has also caused heated discussion on the Japanese Internet.
Most netizens think that the measure is very good, and some netizens suggest that other TV stations should take the same measures.
On the other hand, some netizens said slightly dissatisfied that the situation is difficult, hoping to see at least the host’s smile on TV.