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Lethargy. Languishing. Listlessness. Whatever you call it, it’s what we’re all feeling: That sluggish, apathetic haze, a lack of enthusiasm for doing things, a feeling of “I cannot be bothered.”

The record-high daily COVID-19 cases are depressing enough. But it appears that many in Tokyo and further afield are also feeling lethargic over the seemingly never-ending and ineffective state of emergency. The climbing number of pedestrians in entertainment districts and in train stations show life must carry on. And after such an extended period of worry and anxiety, is it possible to maintain the same continuous high levels of caution and worry? Moreover: Is it healthy?

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