People wearing protective suits walk from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, aboard which around 3,600 people are quarantined due to fears of the new coronavirus, in Yokohama port. Photo: AFP

Panic buying, mistrust and economic woes as Japan reels from coronavirus outbreak

  • The country now has 163 confirmed cases of the virus, the highest total outside mainland China
  • While authorities are urging calm amid rumours spreading on social media, fears of the virus are increasingly impacting daily life
Topic |   Japan

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People wearing protective suits walk from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, aboard which around 3,600 people are quarantined due to fears of the new coronavirus, in Yokohama port. Photo: AFP
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.