Top buzz word of the year
Updated: Dec 6, 2020
The coronavirus outbreak has created many new trends in Japanese society. Among them, the term "３密"(Sanmitsu, or 3Cs) has been used repeatedly in various media and has won the buzzword of 2020. "Sanmitsu" refers to three conditions that are likely to cause a viral infection: Crowded（密集）, Closed（密閉）, and Close-contact（密接）. Originally, the word "Sanmitsu" itself has existed as a Buddhist term to represent body, words, and mind for a long time. However, there is no doubt that more and more people are now recognizing this term as a protocol for avoiding virus infections in this pandemic.
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