Jeff Kingston, director of Asian studies at Temple University Japan. An emergency economic relief package unveiled last week earmarked $22 million for the Japanese foreign ministry “to dispel negative perceptions of Japan related to infectious diseases,” and to strengthen communications about the situation in Japan — over the Internet and through its embassies.© Washington Post
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The fact that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is wasting taxpayer money to contain the plague of foreign criticism is indicative of a government that has handled this more as a PR crisis than a pandemic.
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