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Greetings from the Outskirts of Kyoto vol.10

INOUE Shōichi (Director-General)
July 29, 2021

This nasty virus is still rampant. The government has decided to proceed with vaccination beginning with the elderly. At sixty-six years of age, I, too, was able to make an early reservation.

In the back of my mind, I feel sorry about this. The staff at our workplace are all under age sixty-five—not eligible for the early vaccinations. Only I, their director, will be given a vaccine, as though I were jumping the queue. This privilege has begun to weigh on my conscience.

Recently, the authorities have also started trying to encourage vaccinations across generations. I hope they will succeed. I would like for people like me to be able to get vaccinated with an easy mind.

On an unrelated note, at this rate, it looks like the Hanshin Tigers are going to win the league championship. We may be celebrating their victory as early as September. I wonder if the pandemic will be under control by then. Privately, I’m hoping that their victory will be delayed. I would like to celebrate such an auspicious occasion to the fullest. That said, I would hate for them to let things drag on so long that they miss out on winning the pennant.