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Robot graduation ceremony

The COVID-19 pandemic has spread at a much slower rate in Japan than in most other countries. But yesterday the government finally decided that lockdown measures needed to be implemented. And today, a university in Tokyo held a graduation ceremony where the students were replaced with robots:

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Header image: Ema (絵馬; votive plaque) at Kamigamo Shrine (上賀茂神社) in Kyoto. The characters 必勝 (hisshō; literally “certain victory”) suggest this was put up by a student preparing for entrance exams or job interviews. Photo: Frank Gualtieri.

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