Biography of the Author Yuka Hasegawa

Yuka Hasegawa

Contributor to CNA, Asia's leading English-language news platform.

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  1. Screengrab of COVID-19 cases in Japan. (Source: Google)

    Commentary: Japan’s slow-mo vaccination programme has a lot riding on it

    With few mandatory restrictions, and national leaders focused on holding the Tokyo Olympics, vaccination should be a top priority and even that ...
  2. FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective face masks walk on the street, amid the coronavirus disease (

    Commentary: Japan has taken care of two COVID-19 waves so how bad can this third one be?

    Japan’s total case numbers have been increasing rapidly since mid-November with muddled thinking obscuring a clear end in sight, says Yuka Hasegawa.
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    Commentary: Japan’s two-month-long school closure is not a pretty sight

    Japan is on the cusp of considering reopening schools nationwide but would do better by focusing on ramping up online learning, says Yuka Hasegawa.
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    Commentary: Japan really needs to get cracking on coronavirus testing

    The country has shut its eyes to weaknesses in COVID-19 testing and has been defensive when suggestions are raised, says Yuka Hasegawa.
  5. A man walks past on a nearly empty street in a snow fall during a coronavirus disease outbreak in T

    Commentary: Japan hasn’t declared a state of emergency over COVID-19. That’s bad news

    Amid growing calls for a Tokyo lockdown, Japanese leaders have ruled out that option and demurred from declaring a state of emergency. Such ...
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    Commentary: Why Japan’s move to close schools during COVID-19 outbreak upset many – and not just parents

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a closure of schools across the nation but this has been met with scepticism, even criticism, by ...
  7. The Diamond Princess has the biggest cluster of coronavirus infections outside the Chinese epicentre

    Commentary: Japan shows how not to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak

    Japanese authorities have demonstrated hesitance in tackling the virus outbreak but could afford to impose stricter measures to shore up public ...
  8. One of the world's most rapidly ageing and long-lived societies, Japan is at the forefront of

    Commentary: Japan’s ageing social recluses need more love and understanding

    The growing number of social recluses - or Hikikomori - is one of the most serious social problems facing Japan, says Yuka Hasegawa.