This is not Japan’s first crisis, and unless Japanese authorities are setting themselves up for a huge fall, millions of people infected choking the healthcare facilities they will need to act?
However, by the time you test it seems too late, and if you have the virus, you need to see how it develops before anyone can help you because there are no countries on this planet who can manage millions of people in need of medical treatment all at on time.
So why is a Japanese government who normally so diligent, very disciplined by nature relax on testing? From the beginning Japanese, have not instituted wide spread testing in a significant way. The ministry explained the rationale behind not deploying drive-thru stations as a tool to stop the spread of the virus.
Drive-thru clinics are often not accompanied by doctors, meaning the facilities could possibly spread the virus by misjudging symptoms. I am not sure they can implement a simple widespread process for PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing without it fuzzy-wuzzy. This is a classical approach to the way things are done in Japan politics, and therefore they are not putting such clinics into practice.
The number one priority in Japan is maintaining people’s confidence in the medical system and more importantly in political leadership. As we learned Japanese politicians seem caught off guard, almost unable to manage difficult situations especially when they do not have a clear and concise protocol in place. That’s why the princess cruise in Yokohama turned out to be mismanaged.
This is very common in a country that has a very strict and well-aligned process for everything, i.e. karate, kendo, jujitsu, etc. There is little room in managing a sudden crisis, and the margin for error increases. Yet Japanese are very heroic in times of harsh difficulty and we’ve seen this in the past with Fukushima.
However, in anticipation of what’s to come and the rising number of corona cases, hospitals are being well prepared to accept and treat patients as the numbers increase. Hospitals are organizing themselves to have separate areas to treat corona patients and operate under a high demanding medical system.
Their approach makes good sense because there is not one healthcare system on this planet that can manage mass numbers of people in need of sudden treatment.
Treating people will not be carried out perfectly, and everyone knows there are so many imperfections in the normal daily life of medical facilities. Under such strenuous circumstances of a pandemic, you can only imagine the added stress on patient loads and maintaining a standard to treat patients in need.
Not perfect by any means, but if you consider the crisis and you look at the resources you have available, you need to be realistic about what you can and cannot do and the eventual outcome.