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Monday, April 20, 2020, 10:00 - 11:00

Kentaro Iwata, Professor of Infectious Diseases Therapeutics at

Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine

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

Though it initially avoided the exponential rise in Covid-19 infections seen in other countries, Japan is hardly out of the woods yet. The number of cases has risen steadily since mid-March, particularly in Tokyo, the center of the outbreak. The country's tally of Covid-19 infections is still a fraction of the totals seen in America and Europe but experts fear that Tokyo is teeming with unwitting hosts. Yet, millions of people continue to commute to work and many businesses remain open. The government has insisted that it cannot and will not order the more draconian measures that have seen life elsewhere grind to a halt.

Is the government strategy correct? What stage is Japan at in the fight against the deadly disease? We've invited Kentaro Iwata of Kobe University to help us answer these questions in the first of a new series of online press conferences by the FCCJ. Dr. Iwata burst into public view in February when he helped reveal poor anti-Covid-19 containment measures aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship. He has since become a regular and often forthright commentator on official efforts to contain the virus. Tune in for his timely briefing.

How to watch: (All members)

Livestreaming of this online media briefing is available at https://vimeo.com/407472397 and video of this event will be uploaded on our FCCJ youtube channel. Please note that you can only watch this online and 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。

How to ask questions: (Regular members and Professional Associate members only)

https://forms.gle/htRgMZ51qg9vB5SW7

Questions for the speakers can be submitted in advance by question submission form (English only) : To submit your questions, please click on the link above and enter username as 'Media outlet – name' (e.g. FCCJ - xxxxx) and FCCJ membership number. The moderator of this event will ask those questions during the Q&A session.

TV crew: If you wish to livestream or have 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 April 17. There will be 3 position available for livestreaming.

ライブ中継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4/17(金) 15:00までにご予約ください。ライブ中継は先着順3社までとなります。

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