“Cultural Exceptionalism” in the Global Exchange of (Mis)Information around Japan’s Responses to Covid-19

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“Cultural Exceptionalism” in the Global Exchange of (Mis)Information around Japan’s Responses to Covid-19


  • Jamie Matthews Faculty of Media and Communication, Bournemouth University, UK


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Abstract:  Despite reporting early cases, Japan’s infection rates of Covid-19 have remained low. This commentary considers how a discourse of cultural exceptionalism dispersed across the networked global public sphere as an explanation for Japan’s low case count. It also discusses the consequences for wider public understanding of evidence-based public-health interventions to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus.

Keywords:  Covid-19; culture; Japan; social media

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v8i2.3229


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