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。」


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。」