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Over the past few months, Tokyo has been overwhelmed by a never-ending media frenzy over COVID-19. How long should people stay home? Will there be a vaccine? When and how should business activities be reopened? This pandemic has made Japan out of touch with the rest of the world and only focused on irrelevant or trivial matters.

A typical example is “Who is better for Japan, Trump or Biden?” As early as in mid-March, I answered this question live on the radio. Biden may listen to his advisers more seriously, while Tokyo is already accustomed to Trump. Nonetheless, no matter who is the president, it has been always difficult for Japan to deal with the United States.

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