COVID-19 Is Wrecking Japan’s Economy. Tokyo’s Postponed Olympics Are in Danger

A woman wearing a face mask looks at a menu of a restaurant on an empty street in Tokyo, April 28, 2020. (AP photo by Eugene Hoshiko).
A woman wearing a face mask looks at a menu of a restaurant on an empty street in Tokyo, April 28, 2020. (AP photo by Eugene Hoshiko).
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced this week that Japan’s state of emergency will continue until the end of May, as the country struggles with a fresh wave of coronavirus cases. Japanese authorities initially appeared to have gotten their outbreak under control shortly after reporting the first case in mid-January. But after new infections spiked last month, overwhelming health care facilities, Abe declared a national emergency. Roughly 16,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed so far, with over 560 deaths, but many experts say the lack of widespread testing for the virus makes the true scale of the outbreak in Japan […]

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