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Japan's government has failed coronavirus communications test

Instead of data and reassurance, Shinzo Abe leads with aloofness

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Cruise ship Diamond Princess docked at Yokohama on Feb. 7: like a floating petri dish, the numbers of infected kept growing.   © Reuters

It seems Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finds it easier to spread reassuring messages in the Middle East than at home in Japan.

During his mid-January trip to the region, when tensions were high after the U.S. assassination of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and Iran's downing of a Ukrainian commercial airliner, he said: "I hope to contribute to peace and stability in the region through diplomatic efforts to ease tensions."

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