Japan Comedian Ken Shimura Dies of COVID-19|確診6天病逝 日喜劇天王志村健享壽70歲


Japanese veteran comedian star Ken Shimura, died on March 29th of COVID-19 at the age of 70. He tested positive for the virus on March 23 and was hooked on an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation support, or ECMO when his condition worsened; however it could not save his life. As the pandemic continue to spread in Japan, the confirmed cases are now reaching 2,000 with Tokyo as the hardest hit area.


Comedian Ken Shimura who was diagnosed with pneumonia caused by the coronavirus infection and was hospitalized for treatment, died last night at a hospital in Tokyo.

Media across Japan are reporting the sad news of the death of the famous comedian Ken Shimura, who was infected with COVID-19.

It is known that from young children to old people, what they like to do is laugh out loud. Therefore if I make gestures accompanied by dialogue, and the body language I make are funny enough, people would laugh out loud. This idea has not changed.

Ken Shimura tested positive for the coronavirus on March 23rd and was the first entertainer in Japan to have been confirmed of contracting the virus. He was hooked onto Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) support when his condition worsened, but sadly Shimura succumbed to the virus and died at the age of 70 at a hospital in Tokyo.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continue to ravage Japan, the government has ordered a lockdown last weekend in Tokyo, which is the hardest hit area and the neighboring four provinces including Saitamaken, Chibaken, Kanagawaken and Yamanashi-ken. The usually bustling streets in Ginza Tokyo and other areas are now empty.

I've never seen such a sight. I'm a little bit surprised to see such few people on the street. What will happen if this pandemic continues?

The confirmed cases of COVID-19 are close to the 2,000 mark. The accumulated confirmed cases in Tokyo alone exceeds 430, which is double of the number of confirmed cases in the Osaka Prefecture. Osaka currently has the second highest number of confirmed cases in Japan. Tokyo citizens were asked to stay home by their employers this weekend even if they were scheduled to go to work.

I stay at home most of the time during the weekend. The company told the people who were scheduled to go to work to stay home during the weekend as well. So I've been cleaning the house and polishing my leather shoes over the weekend.

According to a report by NHK, the Tokyo Olympics which was set to postpone for a year is expected to hold the opening ceremony on July 23rd, 2021 which is one day earlier than the original planned date. While the closing ceremony is expected to be held on August 8th, 2021.



NHK主播 岩野吉樹:「感染新冠病毒罹患肺炎,而住院治療的喜劇演員志村健,昨晚在東京都內的醫院去世。」

日本各大媒體,以快報報導知名搞笑藝人志村健,因為武漢肺炎不幸病逝的消息。

已故日本喜劇演員 志村健 (2015.7)表示:「從小孩到年長者,容易懂的事情就是喜歡大笑,以動作為主,配上說話,如果動作比較搞笑,大家就會笑出來,這樣的想法,並沒有甚麼改變。」

志村健是在23號檢驗呈現陽性,確診感染新型冠狀病毒,他也是日本演藝圈首位確診者。由於病情比較嚴重,還一度裝上葉克膜治療;不過29號晚間,卻在東京的一間醫院病逝、享壽70歲。

日本的疫情持續升溫,重災區東京都,還有相鄰的4縣,琦玉、千葉、神奈川和山梨縣,上週末都限制民眾出門;禁足令之下,東京銀座等平日繁華的地區,看不到原本洶湧的人潮。

東京民眾表示:「沒看過這樣(人少)的景況,有點嚇到,覺得人好少喔,這樣下去會怎麼樣呢?」

此外,根據日本媒體NHK報導,計畫延後一年的東京奧運,預計將在2021年7月23號,舉行開幕式,比原定日期提前一天,閉幕式則在8月8號舉行。

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