December 15th, the delivery of 2021 New Year cards was officially launched throughout Japan.
According to Japan’s Kyodo News Agency, the use of New Year cards used by Japanese enterprises for advertising has declined due to the coronavirus epidemic, and the first batch of issuance has decreased by 17% compared with last year to about 1.94 billion, a record low.
In addition, because Japan prohibits people from going out at will, the number of online applications for printing New Year cards received by local postal companies increased by nearly 20% compared with last year. In order to ensure that it can be delivered on New Year’s Day, Japan Post calls on people to put New Year cards into the mailbox by December 25.
On the same day, the Japan Post held the launching ceremony of the New Year card delivery in Tokyo.
Kazuya Ninomiya, members of the popular Japanese idol group “Arashi”, were also invited to participate.
Considering the coronavirus epidemic, Ninomiya said: “It is because of such a special period that people hope that everyone can find the person who wants to send New Year cards in their own way.” Yuki Tanaka, a fourth-year student at a university in Tokyo, said in an interview, “I feel lonely because I can’t see my grandparents because of the epidemic.
I will officially become a teacher next spring. I hope this New Year card can convey my gratitude to my grandparents.