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Anonymously planned 'no-mask picnic day' across Japan canceled after backlash

A screenshot of the announcement on the organizers' website about the cancellation of a "nationwide simultaneous no-mask picnic day."

TOKYO -- A "nationwide simultaneous no-mask picnic day" planned to take place across Japan on May 1 and 2 during the "Golden Week" holiday period has been canceled, according to an April 20 announcement on the anonymous event organizer's website.

    Regarding why, the statement read, "Due to the unexpected way in which this event was reported on and spread, and the slander and other actions seen against individuals, we have decided to completely cancel the event out of consideration for the safety of participants."

    Criticism that the event could encourage the spread of the coronavirus, among other views, had flooded Twitter.

    (Japanese original by Masakazu Yui, Digital News Center)

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