The Japanese government has officially dropped its request for people to wear masks indoors. This was announced as expected, but it doesn’t seem to have the effect that people thought.
On the trains, by far most people are still wearing masks. So the end of the request doesn’t seem to be affecting people’s actions. Will people give up masks eventually, or are they here to stay?
That’s a bit hard to predict. Perhaps people simply still aren’t ready for such a big change. But they might get there eventually. Once people feel more at ease about COVID, they are likely to take off their masks.
If nothing else, it has been an interesting social experiment. We finally have definitive evidence that the Japanese people simply want to wear masks and are not just wearing them because they are asked.