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interactive
双方向の、対話式の(後出 interact with ~は~と交流する)
initiative
取り組み
remain stuck
(ここでは)こもる
closure
閉鎖
pandemic
大流行
(child care) facility
学童保育施設のこと
with the aid of ~
~を活用して
videoconferencing
ビデオ会議
a healthy dose of ~
たくさんの~
~ branch
(ここでは)~校
launch
始める
(declare a) state of emergency
緊急事態(を宣言する)
infection
感染
sport ~
~を身に着ける
break out in laughter
大笑いする
rock ... scissors
じゃんけん
measures
措置
suspend
休止する
unavoidable
(ここでは)やむを得ない
chief director
(ここでは)代表理事
tie
つながり
lag
タイムラグ
remotely
遠隔で
 

Interactive Initiative   

While many children in Japan remain stuck at home due to schools' temporary closures amid the new coronavirus pandemic, one child care facility is helping to relieve their stress with the aid of videoconferencing technology and a healthy dose of laughter.

The Kameda branch of CFA Kids, a facility in Tokyo's Adachi Ward operated by the nonprofit organization Chance For All, launched its videoconferencing service on April 10, three days after Prime Minister Abe Shinzo declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other prefectures over the spread of virus infections. Some 200 children at nine facilities in Tokyo operated by Chance For All took part.

As a worker appeared on the screen sporting an afro hairstyle, the children watching through their screens broke out in laughter. Despite the smiles, the session was not without trouble, with the sound cutting out for some. But even so, the children were able to interact with each other for the first time in a while, and they played rock paper scissors, danced and sang songs.

Many elementary schools have been closed since March 2. Additionally, child care facilities in Tokyo and other areas under state of emergency measures have been suspending their operations or only accepting children when it is unavoidable. As a result, more children have remained at home and been avoiding going outside.

Nakayama Isana, 35, chief director of Chance For All, said, "When schools are closed for long periods of time, children's daily rhythm gets out of balance, their studies are delayed, and their ties with society become weaker. Working online, there were some issues with lag and so on, but we want to continue to do our activities remotely."

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