Coronavirus Slows Down in Japan as Country Preps to Open Tokyo

Posted on 05/25/2020

In a country of 126 million people, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the novel coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and four other prefectures. This occurred on May 25, 2020. This move would end seven weeks of lockdown. Since the start of the pandemic, in Japan, over 16,000 coronavirus infections were recorded and 800 deaths.

Interestingly with a country with an older demographic profile, Japan did not follow the playbook of other countries, which imposed severe restrictions on mobility and activities. In Japan, residents were able to move around and businesses such as restaurants and barbers remained open. Japan didn’t even use tracking tech apps on peoples’ movements. Some casual observation with regard to Japan include a country with a lower obesity rate than the United States and other Western countries and a large proportion of people wearing face masks.

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