Why is Japan still a coronavirus outlier?

Why is Japan still a coronavirus outlier?

[Ed. – Why indeed? The article seems to offer no definitive answer.]

In the U.S., New York has closed its bars and restaurants and California has imposed similarly wide-scale “shelter in place” restrictions on the movement of its people and the activities of its citizens.

Look around Tokyo now, and you’ll see no such scene has unfolded. Despite the cancellation of sports events, the closure of schools, and the shutting down of some, but not all, larger entertainment venues, much of Japan continues as normal. There is no quarantine and no enforced closures of bars or restaurants. Even clubs (easy places to get sick at the best of times) remain open.

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So why the difference? How has Japan seemingly escaped the spread of the coronavirus when other countries have suffered so badly?

The cynical answer points to the country’s low testing rates. …

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