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Tokyo Life

In the Time of COVID-19

Aired: December 3, 2020 (UTC)


COVID-19 has been sweeping throughout the whole world. Japan too saw a surge in cases at one point, leading to the declaration of a state of emergency on April 7, 2020. It was lifted on May 25 after new cases started dropping. Japan’s state of emergency was unique in that it could not be legally enforced, instead taking the form of a public request.

Its aim was to curb the spread of COVID-19, while minimizing the impact on social and economic activities. Most people voluntarily avoided the three Cs (or Closed spaces, Crowded places, and Close-contact settings). Measures such as mask-wearing, physical distancing, regular hand sanitizing, handwashing, and gargling were encouraged, and have been effective in preventing the spread.

While new vaccines and drugs need to be developed to protect people’s lives and health from COVID-19, which stands out due to the high numbers of asymptomatic carriers, Japan has so far been able to prevent an uncontrollable outbreak.

This program takes a look at the “New Lifestyles” that Tokyo is exploring as it aims to coexist with COVID-19. It also introduces practical measures that individuals and businesses are taking to avoid the three Cs. Tune in to find out how Tokyo is pursuing safety and peace of mind in this time of COVID-19.


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