The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in テレワーク (terewāku, remote work) in Japan, but not every profession can allow people to work from home so easily. 車掌さん (shashō-san, train conductors), for example, can’t conduct remotely.

One lesser-known job that has become difficult to perform isn’t a job, per se; it’s a role performed by people in many different positions. I’m talking about the critical role of 司会者 (shikaisha, master of ceremonies [emcee]).

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