Manga, music and even video games: calls from Tokyo’s governor for residents to practice social distancing to stem the spread of coronavirus have inspired a slew of viral online tributes.
On Twitter, a clip from a game in which players roam around town finding and breaking up gatherings was shared tens of thousands of times after being posted on Monday.
A suit-clad female politician can be seen running — or flying — towards groups of people and bouncing them apart with a wave of her hand.
Governor Yuriko Koike has spearheaded calls for Tokyo to take a rising number of infections more seriously, pushing for the state of emergency the government has now declared nationwide.
In near-daily messages to the capital’s residents, she has warned people to avoid areas where they may come into close contact with others.
Since then, the word “mitsu”, which indicates confined, crowded and close in Japanese, has been trending online.
The video of the game, posted by its creator, was retweeted more than 88,000 times and liked 204,000 times within just a few hours.