Japanese netizens need a little more reassurance than a cardboard mask.
The incumbent Osaka governor, Hirofumi Yoshida, has popped up on various occasions taking controversial stances and making bold assertions. Many Americans first took serious notice of him back in 2017, when he called for the annulment of Osaka’s sister-city relationship with San Francisco due to that city building a statue in tribute to Korean “comfort women”.
In that case the Asahi Shimbun itself, one of Japan’s oldest journalism institutions, called for him to reconsider his rash decisions to little avail. You see, Yoshida is somewhat known for