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Taiwan has a lot to teach Japan about coronavirus response

Shinzo Abe should have followed Tsai Ing-wen's model and recruited experts

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Shinzo Abe, second from right, declares state of emergency during a meeting of Novel Coronavirus Response Headquarters on Apr. 7: the task force is composed of the members of his cabinet.

Yuko Kasuya is Professor of Comparative Politics, Keio University. Hans H. Tung is Associate Professor of International Political Economy, National Taiwan University.

On April 7, the Japanese government declared a state of emergency to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, but many people, including the governors of Tokyo and Osaka, thought this decision came too late. Reportedly, the reason for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's delay was opposition from influential corners of his cabinet because of the negative economic impact.

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