Japanissa onnistuttiin koronan suhteen paljon paremmin kuin jopa Suomessa. Japanissa ei ihmisiä ole juurikaan testattu eikä eristetty. Sen sijaan selvitettiin mm. mallittamista hyväksikäyttäen että mitkä ovat parhaat keinot välttää koronaa, määriteltiin ohjeet ja sitten ihmiset noudattivat niitä ohjeita. Esimerkiksi ilmastoinnin merkitys selvisi.
Mr Oshitani’s team concluded that the virus spread through the air. As early as March, Japanese officials began warning citizens to avoid the or “3cs”: closed spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings. The phrase was blasted across traditional and social media. Surveys conducted in the spring found that a big majority were avoiding 3c settings. The publishing house Jiyukokuminsha recently declared it “buzzword of the year” for 2020.
Of course, these insights would have been for naught if ordinary people had ignored them. But Japanese heeded the government’s advice to stay home and to quarantine if showing any symptoms of the coronavirus, even though these admonitions carried no legal force. “Sometimes we are criticised for being an overly homogeneous society, but I think it played a positive role this time,” Mr Nishimura says. And already spick-and-span Japan became even more punctilious about hygiene. While Americans argued over whether face coverings were an assault on personal freedom, Japanese lined up outside Uniqlo for the release of its new line of masks. During the first ten weeks of flu season this autumn, Japan saw just 148 cases of common influenza, or less than 1% of the five-year average for the same period (17,000).