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COVID exposes Japan's weakness in digitization: experts

In a report, government staff acknowledge impromptu policies ‘turned out all right’

A report says that the government had no clear strategy for testing until July.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- While former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has boasted about the success of "the Japan model" in controlling the spread of COVID-19 compared with what happened in the U.S. and many European countries, experts on Thursday submitted a report to current Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga suggesting that the outbreak could have been better handled.

Tokyo-based think tank Asia Pacific Initiative, known for its report of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, compiled a 466-page report on Japan's novel coronavirus response based on interviews with government officials.

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