FAQ: Japan’s COVID-19 Response

Q: Why are the numbers of COVID-19 positive cases and deaths relatively small in Japan?

A: Japanese government experts explain Japan’s situation and efforts to tackle the virus as follows:
  1. The number of COVID-19 cases in Japan is relatively small compared to western countries. The death toll is low in East Asia as well. The situation in Japan is attributable to good access to medical services, the robust standards of such services including in rural areas, and the public’s high level of awareness about the importance of hygiene.
  2. The early detection of the spread of the virus as well as measures to tackle clusters of infections also contributed to curbing the number of cases.
  3. In addition, Japan established the concept of the “3Cs” (closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings) by analysing the circumstances in which clusters formed and called upon the public to avoid such situations.
  4. Though there were cases where timely testing could not be provided as the number of infections peaked, Japan has an adequate testing infrastructure from the standpoint of overall public health needs and has been conducting sufficient testing taking into account the low rate of positive results.

For more details, please click here to see the video and handout (3) from the press conference on 1 June 2020.