Japan’s response to COVID-19


The world is grappling with the rapid spread of COVID-19 and Japan is no exception.  The World Health Organization has stated that Europe is now the world’s COVID-19 pandemic epicenter. But Japan is in a delicate position as the country is gearing up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the timing of which is becoming increasingly uncertain. In contrast to its neighbours China and South Korea, official figures suggest the spread of COVID-19 in Japan is relatively contained, and the focus is now on whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration can keep the economy afloat — and whether Tokyo will go ahead with the Olympic Games as planned.  GR Japan has compiled an analysis of the measures taken so far and their potential political impact.