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Opinion

What Asia's COVID experience can teach America

Even the land of the free must learn to pull together occasionally

| Japan
Staff of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government urge people to go home from the Kabukicho entertainment district in Tokyo on Apr. 24: Japan has been more successful in containing the virus than North America.   © AP

Christopher Grimes is executive editor of Nikkei Asia.

When I arrived in Tokyo in 2017, the American inside me bristled at all of the rules in my new city. Waiting for the walk signal before crossing the street, even when there's not a car in sight. Being told by uniformed road workers that I'm riding my bike too fast. Watching my kids being shushed by elderly people on the subway, even if they are not talking too loudly.

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