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Is coronavirus under control, or is there worse to come?

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25.01.2020

While pursuing "bunmei kaika" (attainment of "civilization and enlightenment") during the Meiji Era (1868-1912), Japan was repeatedly exposed to virulent infectious diseases of foreign origin.

Especially pernicious among them was cholera, which was dealt with mainly by isolating patients rather than treating them.

Areas with infected individuals were closed to all incoming and outgoing traffic, and barricades were erected at the entrances to streets lined with "nagaya" rowhouses.

Police officers were tasked with isolating the infected, which left the public more in dread of them more than the disease itself.

A publication by historian Shoji Tatsukawa........

© The Asahi Shimbun