COVID-19: Brief overview of risk governance approach from Japan (Part Three)


By Misato Matsuda and Katsuragawa Haruka, Japan

Risk Governance during any disaster is considered to be the role of government agencies. The COVID-19 pandemic, is a major crisis with the number of cases rising alarmingly throughout the world. As a response to the COVID-19 outbreak, most countries have taken several bold measures targeted towards health recovery and virus containment.

The interventions vary from country to country. Some of the significant measures witnessed include: travel bans on immigration and emigration to prevent transboundary transmission, screening at ports of entry, closures of schools and other public places, nation-wide lockdown and restrictions on gatherings, amongst many others.


Case of Japan

The first infected case in Japan was reported on 16th January 2020. The number of cases increased gradually and slowly. At that time, avoiding the spread of COVID-19 was urgent for the Japanese government especially because they expected to hold 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympics. Hosting these two international mega-events as originally scheduled was a concern based on situation of the Global Public health.

On 25th February 2020, the Japanese government formed a COVID-19 cluster task force. Their missions was to reveal clusters as soon as possible, to clarify a route of infected people and to prevent outbreaks of new cluster.


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