As in many other places, there is a debate now playing out in Japan that frames restrictions on the movement of people as inherently opposed to the economic interests of the nation. Economic revitalization has been the keystone of the second Abe administration…
With a national daily increase in the number of new COVID-19 infections hitting a record high of 200 on April 7, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo declared a state of emergency for Tokyo, its neighboring prefectures and also Osaka, Hyogo, and
Today, on March 31, health officials in Chiba Prefecture, just outside of Tokyo, announced that there are now 93 officially recognized cases of COVID-19 linked to a care facility for people with mental disabilities. This large cluster was discovered after
Today I woke up to the news that the popular comedian Shimura Ken had become Japan’s first celebrity casualty to COVID-19; and to the word, spreading through social media, that the Japanese government would call for a lockdown at the
Le 21 mars 2020 – un dimanche qui, pour beaucoup d’autres villes, a été marqué par l’annonce de mesures de confinement et par des quarantaines imposées par la police – environ 52 000 personnes se sont rassemblées devant la gare
ADDENDUM: What a difference a day makes in these hectic times. The announcement that Tokyo would postpone the Olympics and Paraolympics to 2021 came out on the evening of March 24th. On March 25th, Tokyo reported its highest number of
This pandemic offers a moment to reflect on the sprawling economic connections that link us, and even to critique them and the resultant human effects on the globe, in terms of climate, environment, and even public health. That these discussions
On March 21st, 2020 — a Sunday that for many other cities entailed isolations and even police enforced quarantines — an estimated 52,000 people gathered outside the main train station in Sendai, Japan to see the Olympic flame on display.