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Some words of wisdom to help pull us through the pandemic

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Earlier this week, Shiga Prefecture received a gift of 20,000 face masks from China's Hunan province.

In the shipping box was a message quoting a passage from a classical Chinese poem, which went to the effect, "Distance does not matter to close friends. They are side by side even when separated by thousands of miles."

The gift was given in return for 10,000 pairs of surgical gloves the Shiga prefectural government donated to Hunan in late February, according to The Asahi Shimbun's regional news section.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage. Cries of woe are heard from the medical, educational and other segments of society that help keep the nation going.

Below are some........

© The Asahi Shimbun