Starting about 29 February 2020, while governments and international organizations were focusing on strategic steps to counter COVID-19 worldwide, many individuals reverted to focusing on tactical personal considerations (siege mentality) while ignoring the need for acts supporting the greater good.
As more became known about the nature of COVID-19, individuals and families started stocking up on the obvious items: food with long shelf life (in Japan mainly rice), toilet paper, over-the counter medicine such as cough medicine and aspirin; and disinfectants such as antibacterial hand soap and disinfectant sprays. Carried to the extreme, this behavior is known as hoarding.
By 1 March hoarding had set in to our home neighborhood in Omi, Tama Tokyo, as well as our office neighborhood in the area around Ebisu Station in central Tokyo. The shelves of grocery stores, drug stores, and convenience stores were bare of the above listed items. On my way to Chofu early in the morning, I walked past one of our favorite drug stores in Ebisu. At least 30 people were in line waiting for the drug store to open several hours later.
As a retired U. S. military person I have the right to shop aboard the U.S. military bases in Japan. Military organizations by their nature have good discipline and can work for the greater good. On 2 March I shopped at the Commissary (food and drug store) at Yokota Air Base on my way home to Ome. For each of the items listed above, there were some in stock; that’s because each shelf had a ration notice that said “One item per day for each family”. That’s all it took: no guards and no surveillance cameras.
It is hard for me to imagine that discipline working in a regular store, Japanese or American…
https://www.businessinsider.com.au/category/coronavirus Here is the updated news
World Health Organization slams Japan and South Korea’s tit-for-tat travel curbs
TOKYO — Travel restrictions on visitors from China and South Korea to combat the spread of the coronavirus are expected to deal a blow to Japanese business and tourism.
Tokyo will quarantine arrivals from the countries for two weeks and cancel short-term visas. In response, Seoul is suspending tourism visa waivers for Japanese travelers.
However, the tit-for-tat curbs were rebuked by a WHO official, who called the moves “a political spat” that would do little to stop the spread.
Nikkei Asian Review 2030.03.07