Japan has its own Trump-vs.-Cuomo divide. And it’s just as tense.
The part of New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) is played by Tokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koike, who has battled for a much more resolute response to the threat of covid-19. Koike’s daily video briefings, clear messaging and approachable style have enhanced her reputation.
Like Trump and Cuomo, the pair are long-standing rivals who have been forced to work as partners in the face of the coronavirus threat.
It has been a decidedly uneasy partnership.
Tension started to mount in March as the virus found a foothold in Tokyo and Koike began talking about the need for a possible lockdown. On April 7, Abe declared a state of emergency covering Tokyo and six other prefectures but pointedly emphasized it was “not a lockdown.”
‘That’s too close’
The struggle only intensified. Koike wanted to issue a wide-ranging request for businesses to close. Abe’s virus point man, Yasutoshi Nishimura, wanted a two-week delay. Koike eventually issued the closure request, but was forced …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]