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Olympic Bronze medalist on safety of Tokyo 2020 Games

Meet Mikako Kotani, Sports Director of the Olympic and Paralympic Games for Tokyo 2020. A two-time bronze medalist in synchronized swimming, Kotani explains to GZERO Media the importance sports and competition have had in her life and describes the inspiration the Olympics are to Japan and the world. The 2020 Games, postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face unprecedented challenges for organizers and athletes. Kotani says they can also be an opportunity to bring the world together in her home country, and details the protocols and safety measures the Olympic Committee are enacting to protect all who participate. The series "Japan in 60 Seconds" is produced in partnership with the Consulate General of Japan.

This video is sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan.


Japan’s role in the global response to COVID-19

As part of our special "In 60 Seconds" series on Japan's domestic and international response to the pandemic, GZERO Media spoke to Dr. Satoshi Ezoe, Director of the Global Health Policy Division in Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Ezoe breaks down his nation's contributions to multilateral efforts like the COVAX facility and the ACT Accelerator program and describes their impact on the developing world. He also details Japan's commitment to universal health care and how that policy and infrastructure have benefited the nation during the pandemic. "Japan in 60 Seconds" is produced in partnership with the Consulate General of Japan.

This video is sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan.

Meet the leader of Japan’s pandemic response and recovery

Japan's Cabinet Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura is the person charged with leading economic revitalization and coronavirus response for his nation. In this conversation with GZERO's Ian Bremmer, Nishimura explains the challenges Japan has faced, the road to recovery, and what the example of Japan can teach the world. The video is part of a limited "Japan in 60 Seconds" series produced in partnership with the Consulate General of Japan.

This video is sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan.

Leading health journalist Laurie Garrett on COVID lessons learned from Japan

When it comes to preparedness for this global crisis, Japan had a key advantage—a universal healthcare system that provides medical attention to all at no or low cost to the patient. But there were other cultural and institutional factors at play, as Pulitzer Prize-winning health journalist Laurie Garrett explains. The video is part of a limited "Japan in 60 Seconds" series produced in partnership with the Consulate General of Japan.

This video is sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan.

New "Japan In :60" limited series:  What the world can learn from Japan’s pandemic response

As the COVID pandemic rages across the world, some nations have done better than others in both public health response and economic recovery. One bright spot has been Japan -- despite having the oldest population and economic challenges prior to the global crisis, the country has ranked among the very lowest in the G7 in terms of mortality rates and GDP decline.

In a new limited video series, "Japan In 60 Seconds," presented by GZERO Media in partnership with the Consulate General of Japan, the GZERO team will explore the reasons why, talking with leading experts and officials from Japan and beyond. What can the world learn from Japan's pandemic response? One key lesson is that no nation is truly an island.

The kickoff to the series offers a brief overview of pandemic response in Japan —from early lessons learned, to public health campaigns and infrastructure that have made Japan an example for the world.

This video is sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan.

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