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After the Virus: Japan’s Painful Economic Recovery
July 01, 2020

After the Virus: Japan’s Painful Economic Recovery

By Anthony Fensom
Anticipation of an economic windfall in 2020 has fallen flat, but there’s still hope for the post-COVID future.

Tokyo’s Coronavirus Spike Points Finger at Controversial Alert System
June 29, 2020

Tokyo’s Coronavirus Spike Points Finger at Controversial Alert System

By Thisanka Siripala
As infections surge, Tokyo’s alert system and the challenges of living with COVID-19 come under the spotlight.
Japan’s Pragmatic Approach to COVID-19 Testing
June 26, 2020

Japan’s Pragmatic Approach to COVID-19 Testing

By Haruka Sakamoto
At this point it is necessary to develop a stepwise approach from the end of the state of emergency to a final exit strategy.

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’s Campaign to Revive Virus-Hit Tourism Sector Postponed Amid Cost Controversy
June 16, 2020

Japan’s Campaign to Revive Virus-Hit Tourism Sector Postponed Amid Cost Controversy

By Thisanka Siripala
A newly devised tourism recovery campaign gets bogged down in a debate over transparency and inflated costs.

Tokyo Olympics Just Beginning the Race to Reset Themselves
May 28, 2020

Tokyo Olympics Just Beginning the Race to Reset Themselves

By Associated Press
"If you ask, are we just around the first corner of the 400-meter race, I cannot answer that question," said organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto.

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.

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.

The Rise of Japan’s Governors: Central-Local Relations During a Pandemic
May 12, 2020

The Rise of Japan’s Governors: Central-Local Relations During a Pandemic

By Michio Ueda
While Japan’s central government moved slowly to respond to COVID-19, prefectural governors sprung into action. That could have lasting consequences.
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.

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