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Monday, May 18, 2020, 14:00 - 15:00

(The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.)

Naoto Kan, A member of the House of Representatives
Former Prime Minister

"Japan's Mishandling of the Coronavirus"

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Japan's prime minister from June 2010 to September 2011, Naoto Kan will always be remembered for his handling of the triple disaster (earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident) that struck while he was in office. The crisis he managed was widely cited as Japan's worst since World War II – until now.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Japan's economy and its long-term social structures will almost certainly dwarf what happened in 2011. As a leader steeled in disaster, and who famously made his political name by confronting corrupt officials at the Ministry of Health during the 1996 HIV tainted blood scandal, Kan is perhaps uniquely qualified to comment on the current crisis. So far he has mostly confined his criticism to his Twitter account @NaotoKan. He has agreed, however, to discuss his concerns with the FCCJ.

How to join:

Please register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, name of media outlet, FCCJ membership number by 15:00 May 15. We regret that the number of participants is limited to 20. A confirmation email will be sent to you with the zoom invitation link.

How to ask questions:

1 During the online media briefing, participants will be able to ask questions using the zoom "raise hand" function.
2 Those who are not joining the event online can submit questions for the speakers in advance using this submission form (English only): https://forms.gle/5PLcPFqWeS3z2a5e6

How to watch: (All members) https://vimeo.com/417858635

Livestreaming of this online media briefing will be available and video of this event will be uploaded to our FCCJ YouTube channel the following day. Please note that you cannot physically attend this briefing. *こちらのイベントを視聴ご希望の方はライブ配信または会見翌日にyoutubeをご覧ください。会場にてご参加いただくことはできません。

TV crew: If you wish to livestream or obtain a video copy of this event, please make a reservation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15:00 May 15. There will be three positions available for livestreaming. ライブ配信または会見動画のコピーをご希望のメディアはメールにて This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. に5/15(金) 15:00までにご予約ください。ライブ配信は先着順3社までとなります。


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