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How Japan Got the Pandemic Right – and Wrong
October 14, 2022

How Japan Got the Pandemic Right – and Wrong

By Trevor Incerti and Hikaru Yamagishi
As Japan reopens, a look back at its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic from the beginning.

Japan Set to Welcome Unrestricted Tourism by October
September 14, 2022

Japan Set to Welcome Unrestricted Tourism by October

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s struggling tourism sector sees a light at the end of the tunnel as “self-guided” tours make way for full travel.
How ‘Third Way’ Countries Live With COVID-19
August 16, 2022

How ‘Third Way’ Countries Live With COVID-19

By Wayne Soon
Australia, Japan, South Korea, and others have found middle ground between a full return to pre-pandemic normalcy and attempts to cling to “zero COVID.”

Japan’s Record-Breaking Summer COVID-19 Surge
July 28, 2022

Japan’s Record-Breaking Summer COVID-19 Surge

By Thisanka Siripala
The government has shifted its focus from prevention to priority treatment for the severely ill amid strains on the healthcare system.

Japan Eases Foreign Tourism Ban, Allows Guided Package Tours
June 10, 2022

Japan Eases Foreign Tourism Ban, Allows Guided Package Tours

By Mari Yamaguchi
The Japan Tourism Agency says tours are being accepted from 98 countries and regions.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Provided Fertile Ground for Corruption
June 08, 2022

The COVID-19 Pandemic Provided Fertile Ground for Corruption

By Catherine Putz
From Kyrgyzstan and Vietnam to Japan, the pandemic provided fertile ground for corruption from the top of health ministries to average citizens scamming the system.

What’s Behind Japan’s Continued COVID-19 Border Restrictions?
May 02, 2022

What’s Behind Japan’s Continued COVID-19 Border Restrictions?

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan remains closed to international tourists and has not yet made plans to reopen despite a global trend to lift pandemic entry restrictions.
Japan Eases COVID-19 Border Restrictions
March 15, 2022

Japan Eases COVID-19 Border Restrictions

By Thisanka Siripala
The limited reopening of borders is a welcomed relief, but the damage to Japan’s reputation could take years to repair.

Japan Relaxes COVID-19 Border Controls, But Only Slightly
March 01, 2022

Japan Relaxes COVID-19 Border Controls, But Only Slightly

By Mari Yamaguchi
The cautious easing of restrictions stirred both hope and worry for the roughly half-a-million foreigners locked out of Japan since early 2020.

Japan in Turmoil Over Omicron
January 27, 2022

Japan in Turmoil Over Omicron

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan has put two-thirds of the country under quasi-emergency measures as it struggles to curb the latest explosion of COVID-19 infections. 

Japan’s COVID-19 Surge Spreads at Alarming Speed
January 11, 2022

Japan’s COVID-19 Surge Spreads at Alarming Speed

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan is showing signs of a “sixth wave” of coronavirus infections as the highly contagious Omicron variant tears through the community. 
Japan Braces For Sixth Wave Driven By Omicron 
December 30, 2021

Japan Braces For Sixth Wave Driven By Omicron 

By Thisanka Siripala
The spread of the new Omicron variant is on the rise and authorities are bracing for a worst case scenario.

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