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Japan's 2021 turnaround worthy of a gold medal

Situation today seemed unthinkable just a few months ago

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A man walks past Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games decorations in an underpass of Shinjuku Station during the morning rush hour on July 26: the Olympic Games came and went while a state of emergency remained in place.   © Reuters

Nancy Snow is Pax Mundi Distinguished professor of public diplomacy at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies and author of "The Mystery of Japan's Information Power."

The world thinks of Japan as the Asia-based canary in the coal mine. It prepares for the worst, as when Prime Minister Fumio Kishida swiftly closed the border in response to the omicron variant.

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