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Japan wins virus fight by ignoring rulebook

May 23, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
Even as nations were exhorted to "Test, test, test", Japan has tested just 0.2% of its population - one of the lowest rates among developed countries.

While the possibility of a more severe second wave of infection is ever-present, Japan has lifted its state of emergency - a legally toothless set of "Suggestions" - for most of the country and is likely to exit completely as early as Monday.

Analysing just how Japan defied the odds and contained the virus while disregarding the playbook used by other successful countries has become a national conversation.

While countries such as the US and the UK are just beginning to hire and train contact tracers as they attempt to reopen their economies, Japan has been tracking the movement of the disease since the first handful of cases were found.

While Japan may have avoided the worst of the health outcomes, the loose lockdown hasn't protected the country from the economic impact.