Reflections on pandemic governance in Japan

Yongxi Jiang, Nanami Yamazawa, Akiko Kato, Bismark Adu-Gyamfi, Rajib Shaw

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The emergence of COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe damage to many aspects of lives and its management has equally brought about different approach where many have witnessed lockdowns, state of emergencies, and travel restrictions. These measures in their own spectrum have achieved many results identified as successful or otherwise. To many, being liberal on the approach to managing the pandemic is key to ensuring continue flow of resources to promote economic sustainability. Others also have the view that, stringent measures ensure safety and healthy population which are essential to restarting economic structuring in postpandemic. However, adopting flexible but principled approach may be important in the midst of many approaches. This chapter looks at the governance system of Japan from the perspective of state emergency system and its application during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is discussed with some local context while placing it in other jurisdictional contexts to enhance the understanding of adaptive governance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPandemic Risk, Response, and Resilience
Subtitle of host publicationCOVID-19 Responses in Cities around the World
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780323992770
ISBN (Print)9780323994361
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jan 1


  • Adaptive governance
  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • Governance mechanism
  • Health-care systems
  • Local governance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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