Democracy and Human Rights Program
Japan’s COVID-19 Responses: Issues of Weak Science-Based Governance
Summary The author analyzes the reasons for Japan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic not being as remarkable as the experiences in other Asian democracies, despite its rather stable democracy and contained populism. Trust in information, scientific-based decision-making, overall transparency and policy over the Tokyo Olympics are among the issues covered by the author. On the other hand, citizens’ behavior and the government’s respect for the Rule of Law are remarked as positive.