Around Japan, workers still commute each day on packed trains and file into crowded meeting rooms. Some are told to stay home, with or without pay.
In this space the SNA will provide links to various English-language online resources that have emerged tracking the Covid-19 crisis in Japan.
The arrival of the Covid-19 coronavirus on Japanese shores is having dramatic effect on people’s lives, as it is in most of the world. Here they tell their stories in their own words.
A roundup of the most significant news stories from Japan reported in the last half of March 2020.
The Covid-19 crisis became a dominating issue for the world, and Japan is no exception.
Japan gave Taiwan manga, anime, and KTV. Taiwan is now returning the favor with bubble milk tea.
Taiwan’s total number of Covid-19 cases has climbed to at least 235, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC). 29 individuals have been released from treatment, while two deaths have taken place.
The editors of the Japan Times published an announcement today regarding its now infamous “Editor’s Note” of November 2018, with the evident purpose of drawing a line under the affair and to recover their reputation for “fair, accurate and transparent journalism.” Unfortunately, it seems that the newspaper’s internal investigation bypassed all of the most serious and credible allegations.
There’s an oft-used expression in Japanese: sekinin tenka. Best translated as “passing the buck,” it’s a reflex of dodging blame for one’s own actions by transferring responsibility to others. For too long, Japan has done so on the world stage with impunity—even when it affects the world adversely.
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