How Did Japan Defy the Odds?

The country ended its state of emergency with few new cases and limited restrictions. Is there a takeaway for the United States?

The Tokyo Tower is lit up on May 28, 2020, as the city’s landmark reopened following the lifting on May 25 of the state of emergency for Covid-19. Credit: PHILIP FONG / Contributor / Getty Images

Japan recently ended its state of emergency. According to data from Johns Hopkins, the country has 16,598 confirmed cases and 881 deaths. The number of daily new cases, according to World Health…



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Alexandra Sifferlin

Health and science journalist. Former editor of Medium’s Covid-19 Blog and deputy editor at Elemental. TIME Magazine writer before that