It is well known to everyone that the coronavirus has disrupted the order of many countries around the world. Such a virus was discovered on December 31, 2019 after cases registered in China. Generally, coronavirus infections cause breathing problems and symptoms similar to a common cold. From China, coronavirus soon spread to Japan and the world.
However, the number of infected people released by the government shows that the rate of spread in the country is slow, compared to other countries. As of the writing of this article, there were 829 confirmed cases and 28 deaths. This shows that the mortality rate is 2.9%, lower than the current world average of 3.9%. Much is due to how the Japanese government viewed and dealt with this virus.
Measures taken by japan
Japan was the second country to announce a confirmed case of coronavirus outside China. This case was reported on January 16, 2020. Previously, Japan had the third highest number of cases outside of China, most of which were confirmed among cruise ship crew and passengers. Diamond Princess. Seven deaths were counted on board the cruise ship.
The first confirmed case on the ship was reported on February 1, in a guest who disembarked on January 25 in Hong Kong. His departure in Yokohama on January 20th. The ship had about 2,666 guests, and about 1,045 crew members were quarantined.
Some measures have been taken by the Japanese government, but the current climate makes infection control difficult. Measures have been announced to try to contain the spread and reduce the impact of the epidemic. Schools were closed and travel restrictions were put in place, mainly from countries affected by the coronavirus. As of February 17, 2020, Japan had removed more than 800 citizens from Wuhan City and Hubei Province, China, on special flights.
Foreigners who traveled to Chinese provinces affected by the virus, were banned from entering Japan. Even foreigners who have had their passports issued in these Chinese provinces cannot enter Japan. Furthermore, foreigners who are on cruises cannot temporarily enter Japan, such as the MS Westerdam cruise that is docked in Cambodia.
Japanese airports are recommending travelers to wear masks, in addition to all employees. Doorknobs and handrails at airport terminals are being disinfected and cleaned very frequently, both at airports with domestic and international flights. It was also recommended to the Japanese to avoid any kind of public transport.
Taking into account the large-scale risk of infection, cultural events were suspended or postponed for at least two weeks. It was also recommended by the government that people who have any symptoms of cold, do not go to work, avoid crowded places or even leave the house.
Especially older people and those with underlying diseases, as they are at risk. As a note, according to the Ministry of Interior, the elderly population in Japan is over 35 million people.
The spread of the virus around the world has impacted both trade and the economy of many countries, including Japan. Coronavirus is said to further undermine Japanese economic growth prospects in 2020, at least in the first quarter. The Japanese economy has been showing signs of slowing down.
GDP has been falling for the first time in five quarters. And, as a consequence of the virus, the forecast is that GDP will continue to fall more and more. Japanese economic growth was also affected drastically, with a significant drop.
The manufacture of machinery, electronics, transport and chemicals has a huge share in Japanese trade. And many of these means depend on China, where production has stalled and demand has been reduced. China accounts for half of Japan's Asian exports and imports.
Japanese trade with the Chinese, both in import and export, fell, causing a commercial drop at the beginning of the year. European companies, commercial partners in Japan, affected by the virus, had their production affected. This had a ripple effect on Japanese trade with Europe.
Japanese pharmaceutical companies do not expect a major impact, but other industries are being severely affected. At auto companies Japanese like Toyota and Mazda for example, they closed temporarily during the outbreak period. THE Honda also took action against this problem, three of its factories in Wuhan were closed.
Reports say that companies like Laox are asking many employees aged 40 or over, with at least two years in the company, to opt for early retirement.
Affected tourism in Japan
Tourism moves much of Japan's economy, and as expected, it will be greatly affected. The country receives a large number of visitors, mostly from South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong. Many travel cancellations have been recorded, and much more is expected. Foreign visitors to Japan have already dropped 1.1% in January 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.
THE Japan Airlines, a Japanese airline, admitted that due to the situation and the many cancellations its revenues would be seriously affected. The coronavirus outbreak is estimated to cause about $ 1.29 billion in damage to Japanese tourism in the first quarter of 2020 alone.
The losses would be even greater if one considers maritime tourism. Disney has already pronounced that the Tokyo Disneyland it's the Tokyo DisneySea will be temporarily closed as a preventive measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Not to mention, international tourism and even the entry of famous shows and events in Japan are being canceled. Japanese people also mourned the death of many international celebrities for Covid-18, even the Brazilian Singers.
What about the Japan Olympics?
The Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020 would have an estimated cost of up to US$ 16.8 billion. Much is questioned at the moment whether or not it should be done. The event is scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9, followed by the Paralympic Games from August 25 to September 6. In a survey by Kyodo News, a Japanese news agency, it showed that about 70% of Japanese people do not want the event to be held on the date originally planned.
Some are the possibilities, the first would be the total cancellation of the games. This would bring several losses for all involved, both the government, institutions and companies that have some relationship with the event. If that happened, we would only have another Olympics in 2024, in Paris.
Another possibility would be to postpone it to another date, some months or years from now. That was a proposal made publicly by the President of the United States, Donald Trump. However, this would involve several factors, such as changing the schedules of sports federations 'events, and changes in the networks' television networks.
In addition to the cost to Japan of keeping sports facilities and Olympic Villages closed. Another alternative would be to transfer to another country, but that would be the most difficult change to make.
Everyone loses, but regardless of the decision, if the Olympics is not held in the established period, the most affected will be Japan. For example, much of the investment in construction and renovation of facilities would be lost, in addition to many contracts for building operation in case of event cancellation. In the specialized press, this figure is already over 28 billion dollars.
Companies like Coca-Cola, Alibaba, Toyota, Visa, among others, have already invested more than 1.5 billion dollars in sponsorships. And more than $ 3 million has been invested by companies like Google and Canon in the Tokyo Organizing Committee.
Some 400,000 foreign tourists were expected in Japan, of which 4.5 million of tickets have already been sold, this would bring Japan around 2 billion euros in stays during the event. Some 4.2 billion dollars were received from TV stations to have the broadcast rights. And as already mentioned, changes in the event would cause major problems in this area.
Other events in Japan
Let's wait for the whole situation to unfold. We very much hope that this pandemic condition will end soon. Not only Japan, but all affected countries are looking for improvement.
- The events Anime Japan 2020 and Family Anime Party 2020 were canceled because of the coronavirus;
- The edition of Anime Geek scheduled for the 2nd and 3rd of May will no longer be held;
- O Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2020 (TAAF2020) also canceled all programs scheduled for March 13-16, 2020. It has not yet been announced how, but everyone who wants to, can request a refund of the tickets;
- Anime production takes place with closed-door studios to prevent further outbreaks of contamination. Many of these studios work in the form of cells, where each part of the anime is made in a different location or region;
- A commercial was launched in Japan, where anime characters One Piece warn people about the care they should take due to the coronavirus outbreak, so that it does not spread further;
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