Contending Central Governance and Healthcare: The Role of Contact Tracing in Japan’s Pandemic Response Infrastructure

The following is a project created by Alyssa Nami Chetrick for the Global Pandemics in an Unequal World taught by Prof. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr.

This paper overviews Japan’s pandemic response through its policies, institutions, and social determinants. Central findings show how contact tracing is conducted in Japan by examining its institutional framework, policy coordination, and methodology. Analyses explore the incentives behind Japan’s central government response in contrast to its internal healthcare infrastructure and capabilities, conjecturing that state actors prioritize power and positionality within the international realm over public health security. The Japan case is used to reexamine the concept of body politic and illustrate emerging paradigms in how states leverage power and resilience within the contemporary international landscape.

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Contending Central Governance and Healthcare Infrastructure