In Japan, people have forgotten to smile, and now they are learning it again in a course

Wearing masks was already widespread in the East Asian country before COVID, many people used them to combat seasonal diseases and hay fever. You can hardly see a Japanese person in public without a mask, after the appearance of the coronavirus more than three years ago, this practice became almost universal.

After the government finally lifted its mask-wearing recommendation in March, Himawari Yoshida he was among those who realized that they had rather forgotten how to live without masks. The twenty-year-old man a Sky Newssaid to

I didn’t use my facial muscles much during COVID, and the smile training program helps me prepare for entering the Japanese labor market.

A Smile Education four times as many people sign up for classes named

Smile Coach Koike Kawano believes

Japanese citizens tend to smile less than westerners, culturally a smile means I don’t hold a gun and I’m not a threat to anyone.

According to a May poll by public broadcaster NHK, only 8 percent of Japanese people have completely stopped wearing masks.

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