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Vaccines, masks? Japan puzzling over sudden virus success


October 19, 2021

Eugene Hoshiko, Associated Press

Visitors in yukatas or Japanese traditional summer kimonos wear protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus pause at a back ally near Sensoji Temple at Asakusa Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, in Tokyo.

TOKYO - Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story.

Daily new COVID-19 cases have plummeted from a mid-August peak of nearly 6,000 in Tokyo, with caseloads in the densely populated capital now routinely below 100, an 11-month low.

The bars are packed, the trains are crowded, and the mood is celebratory, despite a general bafflement over what, exactly, is behind the sharp drop.


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