Japan in a COVID-19 World

A Discussion on Japan’s Responses to the Global Pandemic

Thursday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

Facebook Live — Weatherhead East Asian Institute

Admission: Free

Japan experienced one of the early outbreaks of COVID-19 with the Princess Diamond cruise ship incident in February, and it is currently seeing a return of rising case numbers throughout the country. How has the political leadership handled the situation, both at the national and local level? How has the public responded to the government’s handling of the crisis? Is there any chance that the Japanese public could become more inclined toward a populist leader if the Abe administration mishandles the situation?

Weatherhead East Asian Institute presents a live stream webinar to discuss Japan’s responses to the global pandemic.


  • Harukata Takenaka
    Professor of Political Science National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo
  • Gerald Curtis
    Burgess Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Columbia University


  • Takako Hikotani
    Gerald L. Curtis Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, Department of Political Science, Columbia University

The Suntory Foundation is a co-sponsor of this event.

For more information, please visit Weatherhead East Asian Institute’s website.

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