The Japanese government publicly shamed three quarantine rule-breakers after they failed to follow COVID-19 policies.
The individuals were named and exposed for not self-quarantining with a location-tracking phone application and reporting their health condition to the government after traveling overseas. All travelers, Japanese citizens or not, are required to follow this protocol upon entering the country.
According to authorities, the three travelers intentionally avoided contact with the health ministry. When their names appeared online, users attempted to find their employers and locations. The Japanese’s enforcement of policies by threatening public shaming is reminiscent of the Chinese Communist Party’s social credit score.
“The social credit system being implemented in China represents the coming dystopian nightmare of authoritarian state control combined with networked databases that allow every meaningful social and economic activity a citizen engages in to be monitored for ‘compliance’ purposes,” said Dr. Robert J. Bunker, professor at the Strategic Studies Institute at U.S. Army War College.
Minor offenses such as giving an “insincere apology” or “causing trouble” on a plane lower scores and overtime prevent citizens from engaging in society. For instance, poor credit scores have consequences such as public transport bans of up to a year. The tactics of these governments have made some Americans fearful of the potential for vaccine passes to become something similar.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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