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Japan's COVID-19 relapse trumpets need for urgent economic action

Second state-of-emergency declaration looms as daily infections rise above 1,000

| Japan
Local tourism industry workers welcome travelers at the Hakone hot spring resort on July 23, the day after Japan's travel subsidy campaign started: the country is headed the wrong way.   © Kyodo

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."

That loud ticking sound emanating from Tokyo's political clock bodes the imminent explosion of costs resulting from Japan's tepid COVID-19 response.

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