TOKYO (1) – With blunt warnings, flip-charts and every day on-line briefings, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has been delivering a tough message to the Japanese capital’s residents and retailers: keep house and shut right down to avert an explosive outbreak of the coronavirus.
FILE PHOTO: Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike attends a information convention on Tokyo?s response to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Koike, 67, was as soon as floated as a future premier. And her no-nonsense strategy to the pathogen’s menace highlights what critics say is a timid, sluggish response by her longtime rival, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Japan had 7,411 circumstances of an infection and 138 deaths from the…