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VOX POPULI: Wearing a mask is not cowardice, it’s what civilized people need to do

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These days, nobody goes maskless when meeting someone face to face.

With only the eyes and the brows showing above the mask, you never get to see the other person's face in full even when speaking at close quarters, and this is increasingly making me feel oddly fatigued.

Cognizant of how face masks can impede nonverbal communication and mutual understanding, Minami-Ashigara City Hall in Kanagawa Prefecture is currently trying out a new resident service system, introduced last summer, that requires staffers to show their maskless facial photos next to their name tags when interacting with residents.

The public's reactions are generally favorable, such as........

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