So far, Japan and South Korea’s COVID-19 infection and mortality rates are relatively low despite neither country having been locked down. Both countries had the first cases of infection very early, in mid-January. The measures the two countries took appear different. South Korea was widely regarded as a model country in combating the pandemic. South Korea conducted a large number of tests and conducted rigorous tracking of COVID-19 infected persons and those who were self-quarantined. This model may be hard to follow for other democratic countries. By contrast, Japan has limited testing and while many feared it would be an epicenter of COVID-19, it was not.
The Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar Series of classes is designed to provide information on some of the foreign, comparative, and international law issues researched by the foreign law experts at the Law Library of Congress. In this entry Foreign Law Specialist Sayuri Umeda will discuss what both countries have done to successfully combat the first wave of COVID-19 infections and how they plan to deal with the next wave. Please join us on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 2 p.m. for the webinar “Avoiding the New Wave: Response to the Pandemic in Japan and South Korea”.
Sayuri Umeda is a senior foreign law specialist at the Global Legal Research Directorate at the Law Library of Congress. Sayuri holds a Master of Laws from the George Washington University Law School, and Bachelor of Laws from Chuo University, Japan. Sayuri practiced law in Japan and is admitted to the New York State bar.
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