Why have there been so few COVID deaths in…

One of the biggest puzzles of the pandemic is why there have been so few COVID deaths in East Asia, and more specifically in Japan. According to the official death numbers given by Our World in Data, all five advanced East Asian economies – Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan – have had fewer than 150 COVID deaths per million people, which is lower than every country in Europe except Iceland. (And the four “Asian Tigers”

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