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Japan Boosts Coronavirus Containment Efforts to Keep Olympic Games | WSJ

March 5, 2020

– So behind me is a sign
pointing to the number of days until the opening
ceremony of the Olympic Games on July 24th, here in Tokyo, – [Reporter] The Japanese
government has stepped up measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Tokyo expects hundreds
of thousands of people from all across the world
when it holds the Olympics in less than five months. – The next couple of weeks are critical in keeping this virus in check and preventing any kind
of large-scale outbreaks or clusters from developing,
at say, a concert or a school where you might get
hundreds of people infected. – [Reporter] Most schools
across Japan are closed. Some Cherry Blossom
Festivals are canceled. (starting-gun bangs) Then the Tokyo Marathon went ahead with only 200 runners instead of the more than
30 thousand participants it usually draws. – Prime Minister Abe, and
everybody in his government, wants to make sure that
the virus is cleared away and not a major problem, so that the Olympics can
go ahead as scheduled. – [Reporter] The postponement
or cancellation of the Games would be a massive blow to Japan. It has spent seven years planning and 20 billion dollars on preparations. In order to keep the games going, Tokyo has to prove that it can stop the spread of the disease, especially after having been criticized for its handling of the
coronavirus outbreak on a cruise ship that
was docked at Yokohama. More than 700 people got infected aboard the Diamond Princess, and six have died so far. Tokyo said it did its best to prevent the spread of the disease. That’s not the only
criticism Japan has faced. – The number of tests being
conducted everyday in Japan is about 900 or 1000 a day, recently. Whereas, for example, in South Korea, thousands, and tens of thousands of tests are being conducted every day. – [Reporter] Abe says there
are now 4,000 test kits available every day. Minus the Diamond Princess patients, there have been about 300
cases in Japan so far. – Japan, at the moment, appears to have the virus under control, but maybe the addition of more tests will reveal that there are more
virus cases than we thought. – [Reporter] Particularly
because the virus is no longer linked to people who came from
overseas virus epicenters, such as China, Italy, or Iran. – In the last couple of weeks, it’s become clear that it’s
spreading independently in parts of Japan, especially in Hokkaido, in Northern Japan. And so, clearly, a stepped-up
response was needed. – [Reporter] The government
hopes the new measures will help avert an outbreak such as the one in
neighboring South Korea, and help set the stage
for the Olympic Games. It also needs to reassure the public that it’s taking all the needed steps to stop the virus. – There is the political, or you might say psychological benefit that Prime Minister Abe is
clearly counting on here. In the sense that he wants to show that
he’s a decisive leader, he’s not taking this lightly, that he’s doing whatever it takes to stop this virus from spreading.


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  • Reply Zakaria Najim March 4, 2020 at 5:36 pm

    Coronavirus no vaccine

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  • Reply Evil Panda March 4, 2020 at 5:39 pm

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  • Reply James Dominguez March 4, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    I'm fourth and well worth it

  • Reply albear972 March 4, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Japan also had the so very bright idea to quarantine a freaking cruise ship Making the infection victims to match many large countries. FAIL there Japan! I thought they had big heads. (Idiocracy movie reference)

  • Reply Applico March 4, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    We had a speaking engagement scheduled for March in Japan that has now been canceled. It seems like the strategy is to cancel/diminish as many public events as they can now in hopes that the biggest upcoming event (i.e. The Olympics) can still be held. Makes sense with $20 billion (0:59) invested in the games 🤯 💰!

  • Reply YoshiPeach Mario March 4, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    It costs 1600 dollars for a test in the US. That's why numbers are so low there. Even those with flu symptoms are being turned away.

  • Reply crashweaverda March 4, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    They need to let this run it's coarse. They blown this way out of proportion. It's not the black death.

  • Reply Death watch March 4, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Let's do this! Leerooooy Jenkiiins!!

  • Reply sybaik March 4, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    There is an active effort to NOT TEST the populace because of fears that actual numbers infected by COVID-19 would scare away the Olympics. The Japanese government is being just as obtuse as the Chinese government and can NOT be trusted, since losing face is far more important than the health and welfare of its citizens.

  • Reply Aurobindo Ghosh March 4, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    will all players and spectators have to wear masks?

  • Reply Marco Rodriguez March 4, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Japan you stupid

  • Reply Hammad March 4, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    No Olympics until corna virus is gone.

  • Reply Matt allen March 4, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    You got to be kidding right?

  • Reply P S March 4, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    You can run but you can’t hide.😁

  • Reply Javier Ramirez March 4, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Not going better safe than sorry

  • Reply mumuchu March 4, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    How they handled the Diamond princess and the amount of test they do a day shows how incompetent Japan is, a big disappointment.

  • Reply CarrieToo March 4, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    No freakin way would I go…as an athlete nor spectator.
    Even if it didn't get cancelled, they'd probably ban countries w/outbreaks.

  • Reply AA AM March 4, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    The tokoya logo looks like coronavirus

  • Reply ARBAZ QURESHI March 4, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    The best decision woukd be to call off the olympic games since corona virus is highly contagious.No olympic games until this virus is completely gone.

  • Reply Yoko Hooper cosey March 4, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Cancel the Olympics.

  • Reply Joseph Hitler March 4, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Acheivement unlocked: Olympic Spoiler

  • Reply neogigo March 4, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Just cancel it

  • Reply kai phong March 4, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Hahahahaha virus dead of 70 day ok kiss

  • Reply Astro Lábio March 4, 2020 at 10:23 pm


  • Reply 서형석 March 4, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    Japan: come and get my corona!!

  • Reply W. Jung March 5, 2020 at 12:08 am

    I really love the Japanese government's 'kamikaze spirit' to share the virus big time in the summer!

  • Reply Mike March 5, 2020 at 12:28 am

    Olympics not happening. Get over it

  • Reply Kong March 5, 2020 at 12:34 am

    How about 100k test like korea

  • Reply Gombal Mukiyo72 March 5, 2020 at 12:34 am

    Cancel it would be better

  • Reply Anthony Fuller March 5, 2020 at 12:53 am

    There isn't going to be an Olympics this year.

  • Reply Daniel Chang March 5, 2020 at 1:33 am

    Even if the Japanese government and the Olympic committee keep the 2020 games going, attendance is going to be a lot lower.

  • Reply Furricane Ookamikaze March 5, 2020 at 1:42 am

    Is China, Italy & Iran doing alright?
    You said the coronaviruses are no longer linked to people who came from overseas virus epicenter!

  • Reply Joseph Smith March 5, 2020 at 2:16 am

    Most pandemics originate in China and it spreads from there… China is so unclean and backwards, it's just not a suitable country for the 21st century!

  • Reply adamtki March 5, 2020 at 2:50 am

    They should just let Japan move it to 2021.

  • Reply Jayakrishna Balaji March 5, 2020 at 2:53 am

    Japanese and Koreans are intelligent than their Asian counterparts, hope they do the best for the humanity.

  • Reply 道生一 March 5, 2020 at 3:43 am

    Dear wall street journal.Can you tell me,who is the real sick man of america?

  • Reply racoonzattack March 5, 2020 at 4:23 am

    This is how it’ll spread across the world in a much larger way.

  • Reply B Nagy March 5, 2020 at 4:31 am

    Cancel it!

  • Reply Raider Warrior March 5, 2020 at 4:39 am

    Why not just postponed it for 2021

  • Reply Food Curls March 5, 2020 at 4:44 am

    Lol Japan is worse than China

  • Reply Dave March 5, 2020 at 4:56 am

    You could not pay me enough to be there.

  • Reply J J March 5, 2020 at 4:57 am

    They even refusing people to get tested to reduce the number of cases for olympic

  • Reply Rakesh Mohanty March 5, 2020 at 5:46 am

    Stop the Olympics. Life is more important than a frigging game.

  • Reply Reinhold Everest March 5, 2020 at 6:13 am

    Allow the Games to go on but allow only the athletes and their teams-no spectators.

    These events are better on TV anyway.

  • Reply Wagelaseh 1st March 5, 2020 at 6:59 am

    We only fear god not coronavirus

  • Reply Inuta710 March 5, 2020 at 8:09 am

    I’m Japanese and I want cancellation. I hope all you guys will call more for it, so the slow and stupid PM Abe will finally notice no one wants to come.

    The gvt botched containment in every possible way. Unbelievable incompetence. We never wanted Olympic anyway… No one around me tried to buy a ticket.

  • Reply Daniel Son March 5, 2020 at 8:20 am

    Cancel it

  • Reply samer samara March 5, 2020 at 9:26 am

    Yeah but what when all this tourist comeback home infected by someone

  • Reply EJ Y March 5, 2020 at 9:27 am

    Do something about crazy packed trains! Work from home!

  • Reply HappySaladd March 5, 2020 at 10:17 am

    better this way, only dumbasses got spread and died from virus

  • Reply trend trend March 5, 2020 at 10:21 am

    What this idiot stupid ignorant world will stop issuing visas to chinese and koreans

  • Reply Peace Love Happiness March 5, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Have to ban china completely in olympics

  • Reply Journey March 5, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Its too late Japanese government react to this disease imho. Their population is twice than that of s.korea but havent prepared enough facilities and test kits. Seems thier government shady and ordinary Japanese citizens along with their press dont raise voice against government or pm whatsoever. Just wondering whether they can guarantee safety from radiation in fukushima if they are this much poor.

  • Reply Man In The Arena March 5, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Just cancel it. Why risk everyones lives for some stupid sports event? They can do it again in 2024 if its a big deal. 2020 have it in a country that isnt at risk.

  • Reply Business Skills Coaching March 5, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    I live in Osaka. The real story –

  • Reply RAVI TEJA March 5, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    If any decent country can FIGHT this epidemic, its gonna be Japan. Not USA, not China. Japan is a synonym for discipline.

  • Reply Madmonkeyitch March 5, 2020 at 3:17 pm

    Kudos to China for their poor sanitation and bad hygiene. Thanks for exporting your virus to us.

  • Reply Wali Evans March 5, 2020 at 3:34 pm

  • Reply THE SIMPLE DEVIL March 5, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    People coming in such gatherings during such crisis has no right to live,nor they should be taken care of after getting sick from virus

  • Reply SMARTER THAN THE AVERAGE BEAR March 5, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Only a fool would believe the Olympics will go ahead in 2020.
    Change to next year or until Virus is contained….
    NOT rocket science.

  • Reply Chang March 5, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Dont go near Koreans

  • Reply Willy March 5, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Can’t trust japanese

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