Tokyo Governor’s Call for Social Distancing Sparks Viral Game

Screenshot of the "mitsu desu" game featuring characters resembling Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holding two masks. Image: Courtesy of Gunjo Chikin

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s request urging people to keep a distance from one another to prevent the further spread of the new coronavirus has spurred the creation of an online game that has become an unexpected viral hit.

The “mitsu desu” game, first posted on Twitter last Thursday, had more than 23,000 likes and was shared around 13,700 times before it was taken down by the social media giant. The game later resurfaced on the creator’s own Twitter account.

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