Japan’s “2020 New Words and Popular Words Award” was announced in Tokyo on December 1. The word “3 secrets (closed, dense, close contact)” as a slogan for coronavirus prevention won the best award.
According to the Japanese News Agency, the first to use the word “3 secrets” was Yuriko Koike, governor of Tokyo. In order to make people better understand the essentials of epidemic prevention and control and facilitate operation in life, Yuriko Koike summarized the opinions of epidemic experts as strict prevention of “3 secrets” and held high “NO! The sign of “Three Secrets” has been popular in Japan since then. Nowadays, strict prevention of “three secrets” has become a new way of life for Japanese people to prevent and control the epidemic.
Yuriko Koike did not attend the award ceremony that day, but expressed his opinion by video. She said: “The epidemic has changed our lives and impressed everyone with the word ‘3 secrets’. Entering winter, the number of COVID-19 patients is still increasing. I hope everyone will further prevent the “three secrets” and work together to deal with the epidemic.
In addition to “3 secrets”, other words related to the coronavirus epidemic have also been selected as the catchphrase of the year. For example, the “GO TO promotion” policy implemented by the Japanese government to promote sightseeing tourism and dining out, the “online 00” that various offline activities affected by the epidemic have been transferred to online, and “AMABIE”, a little monster that can cure all kinds of diseases on social networking sites, have been selected as the top ten catchphrases of the year. In addition, there are also some entertainment titles, such as the abbreviation “Momentary Forest” of the simulation business game released by Nintendo, the Korean TV series “Forced Landing of Love”, and the popular comic work “Ghost Blade” have also been selected.
The “New Words and Catchphrases Award” is sponsored by the Japan Free National Society. Every year, on December 1st, the new words and catchphrases of the year are announced.