With Japan entering the one-year run-up to the 2021 Olympics, a hovering question is whether the country will be ready in a world that will still likely be confronting the COVID-19 virus. Will the international community have confidence that Japan is safe and prepared to respond if infections yet again flare up? How might Japan best prepare?

If the Olympics are fully attended as was anticipated in 2020, over 11,000 athletes and 600,000 visitors will be expected from more than 200 countries. Japan will be faced with having to manage a sharp influx of visitors from all corners of the globe, coming from highly varied public health environments. At the same time, the athletes and visitors will be wondering if the environment that welcomes them will be safe. Supporting global confidence will be essential.

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