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Japan Braces for Looming ‘Second Wave’ Amid Dramatic Spike in COVID-19 Cases
August 05, 2020

Japan Braces for Looming ‘Second Wave’ Amid Dramatic Spike in COVID-19 Cases

By Thisanka Siripala
With Japan’s initial coronavirus response providing limited clarity, the need for long-term measures to prevent an outbreak is becoming more apparent. 

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.

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.

The Trouble With Linking COVID-19 to Japan’s Hikikomori
May 14, 2020

The Trouble With Linking COVID-19 to Japan’s Hikikomori

By Tadasu Takahashi
The mental health issue is already poorly understood; now its role in the public imagination is shifting again.

Japan Domestic Violence Fears Rise Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
April 21, 2020

Japan Domestic Violence Fears Rise Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

By Thisanka Siripala
As stay-at-home appeals start to take effect in Japan, alarms have been raised over a growing worldwide trend in domestic abuse cases.

Japan’s Leader Slammed Over ‘Stay Home’ Shutdown Tweet
April 13, 2020

Japan’s Leader Slammed Over ‘Stay Home’ Shutdown Tweet

By Associated Press
"An elegant tweet despite a national crisis," blared a headline in the Nikkan Sports tabloid. "Abe the aristocrat!!" 
What Tokyo’s Lockdown Debate Is Missing
April 06, 2020

What Tokyo’s Lockdown Debate Is Missing

By Kentaro Iwata, tr. Paul Kreitman
Whether to lockdown is not a binary question. We need to ask, under what conditions should we do it?

Japan’s Nightlife Begins to Fizzle Amid Coronavirus Economic Fallout 
April 03, 2020

Japan’s Nightlife Begins to Fizzle Amid Coronavirus Economic Fallout 

By Thisanka Siripala
As stay-at-home advisories gain traction and customer numbers dwindle, music venues, bars, and clubs say they face bankruptcy without subsidies.

Can Japan Curb a Coronavirus Outbreak?
March 27, 2020

Can Japan Curb a Coronavirus Outbreak?

By Thisanka Siripala
The government's guidelines for reopening schools are met with mixed feelings as Tokyo residents prepare for a soft lockdown this weekend.

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