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WHO Chief Says It Was ‘Premature’ to Rule out COVID Lab Leak
July 16, 2021

WHO Chief Says It Was ‘Premature’ to Rule out COVID Lab Leak

By Frank Jordans and Maria Cheng
Tedros also made a rare public criticism of China, directly asking Beijing to “to be transparent, open and cooperate” with the WHO investigation.

Japan’s Conservatives Are Reveling in Their COVID-19 ‘Success’
June 23, 2020

Japan’s Conservatives Are Reveling in Their COVID-19 ‘Success’

By Yusaku Yoshikawa
Japan’s right wing is claiming “victory” in the pandemic, but no one seems to understand what, exactly, averted disaster.
Japan Ends Coronavirus State of Emergency, Aims to Gradually Reopen the Economy 
May 27, 2020

Japan Ends Coronavirus State of Emergency, Aims to Gradually Reopen the Economy 

By Thisanka Siripala
The government declares success against the coronavirus and moves to incrementally resume economic activity.

Coronavirus or No, Japan’s Politics Remain Stuck
May 27, 2020

Coronavirus or No, Japan’s Politics Remain Stuck

By Yusaku Yoshikawa
Despite strong disapproval of Prime Minister Abe’s COVID-19 response, the public sees little alternative to his continued governance.

Japan Approves a Partial Cancellation of National Emergency Ahead of Expiration Date
May 15, 2020

Japan Approves a Partial Cancellation of National Emergency Ahead of Expiration Date

By Thisanka Siripala
The government shifts its coronavirus response toward cluster tracing and long-term lifestyle changes.

Japan Navigates an Extended National Emergency
May 08, 2020

Japan Navigates an Extended National Emergency

By Thisanka Siripala
New social guidelines detail public health manners aimed at easing pressure on hospitals in the COVID-19 era.

COVID-19 Is a Test for World Leaders. So Far, Japan’s Abe Is Failing.
April 23, 2020

COVID-19 Is a Test for World Leaders. So Far, Japan’s Abe Is Failing.

By Jeff Kingston
The pandemic has exposed feeble leadership on the part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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