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Success in containing the first wave does not guarantee that tackling the second wave will be just as effective. © Illustration by Michael Tsang
Asia Insight

The next wave: Japan and Asian neighbors walk COVID 'tightrope'

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AKANE OKUTSU and MITSURU OBE, Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO -- At a glance, one would never know anything is out of the ordinary at St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo.

Receptionists register visitors. The lobby is crowded with patients awaiting examinations. Checkups and surgeries that had been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic have resumed. But the staff at the hospital -- a stone's throw from the old Tsukiji Fish Market -- are not letting their guard down.

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