- 双方向の、対話式の（後出 interact with ～は～と交流する）
- remain stuck
- (child care) facility
- with the aid of ～
- a healthy dose of ～
- ～ branch
- (declare a) state of emergency
- sport ～
- break out in laughter
- rock ... scissors
- chief director
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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