Japan Amid the Pandemic and Nationality Highlighted Through COVID-19

March 31, 2021

The 2020 KKC Study Tour to Japan was cancelled, because of COVID-19.
To continue providing content about Japan to North American teachers, the Keizai Koho Center held the third meeting of a series of online programs.

10:00 am -11:00 am, Japan time

Opening Remarks: Atsushi Yamakoshi Managing Director, Keizai Koho Center
Presentation: Tatsuhiko Yoshizaki Chief Economist, Sojitz Research Institute

KKC held the third online meeting for KKC Fellowship alumni and Mr. Tatsuhiko Yoshizaki, Chief Economist of Sojitz Research Institute was invited to share his views on “Japan Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic”. He explained that there is no lockdown in Japan due to the “Pacifist Constitution”, so staying home and business closures are voluntary. He also noted that Japan has a good health care system (universal coverage), a public health stations network since the 1930’s and a culture of keeping a distance and wearing masks and these factors may have contributed to Japan’s relatively low number of reported COVID-19 cases compared to other countries. On the other hand, he pointed out problems such as limited testing capacity and data, delay of vaccination and lack of political leadership.

Participants also discussed issues related to the reopening of schools in the U.S. and Canada.

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