Japan's tepid emergency fails to convey sense of Covid-19 crisis

TOKYO – An air of jaded weariness – near fatalism even – hangs over Japan’s Covid-19 fight, as the public discourse shifted from “post-Covid-19” to “with Covid-19”.

Since then, people are largely treating it as a given that Covid-19 will be here to stay. Daily case tallies are greeted with a shrug and a nonchalant “it’s not so bad here”, even when the numbers may raise eyebrows elsewhere.

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