Covid-19

It seems clear by now that Covid-19 is one of the great crises of our time, more so than the financial crisis of 2008, judging by the size of the measures announced and already taken by various countries and by the impact on human lives. In Japan I have been following live data from Toyo Keizai, the Tokyo government, and an independent source tracking hospital bed capacity.

While this will be a tragedy for many, it will also be an opportunity for societies to reset themselves and to make changes that otherwise could not have been made. New perspectives urgently come to the fore. Perhaps we discover how much of the everyday frenzied activity we were caught up in was superfluous. Certain viewpoints and positions may have to be abandoned as people come together around trust, resilience, survival, innovation.

Thus the present crisis is also a time for reflection and renewal.

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