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Date : June 19, 2020

Was Japan’s COVID-19 Response a Success? Preparing for a Second Wave (Dr. Kazuhiro Tateda, Toho Univ. Prof./President of Japan’s Infectious Diseases Assoc. )

post date : 2020.06.15

With the state of emergency declaration to prevent the spread of COVID-19 having been lifted nationwide on May 25, Japanese society has been moving towards restarting a full-scale activity. Japan appears to have made it through the first wave of the pandemic with a significantly lower number of infections and deaths than Western countries. How was Japan able to prevent the spread of infection with a request to stay at home which was not legally binding? Are there other factors besides this behind Japan’s success? And what must be done to prepare for the second wave of the pandemic, which is considered a certainty?

The FPCJ has invited Dr. Kazuhiro Tateda, a professor at Toho University’s Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, to hold an online briefing.

Dr. Tateda is also the president of the Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases and a member of expert panels advising the Japanese government on COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
■Please note that you cannot physically attend this briefing, as it will be an online press briefing held as a Zoom webinar. 

■Date: June 19, 2020, 15:30-16:30 (Deadline for application: Noon, June 18)

■Briefer: Dr. Kazuhiro Tateda, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases,

                 Toho University (President of the Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases)

■Language: Japanese, with consecutive English interpretation                                  

Deadline for application: Noon, June 18
Note: No reply will be sent confirming your application, but after applying an email will be sent before the day of the briefing with details on how to join the briefing.

As in our standard press briefings, there will be a Q&A session at the end.
*In principle, questions will only be accepted from members of the foreign press.

■Members of the Foreign Press:
Please send any questions for the briefer or topics you are interested in to by 12:00 noon on June 18.  As there will only be a limited amount of time to ask questions during the briefing, we will collect questions and provide them to the briefer in advance.

Embassy representatives and FPCJ supporting members may also watch the briefing as observers (admission free).


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