Covid-19 has claimed the lives of over 50,000 people globally, and the positive cases continue to be on a rise. 

And yet, among the world's leading economies, Japan has had the lowest number of positive Covid-19 cases, with the latest number of active cases being 2082. 

Corona in Japan
Source: New Vision

Compared to United States' 245,373 cases, and the fact that a considerable section of Japan's population is over 60, this number appears strikingly small - a fact that led to people questioning Japan's numbers on Quora

Covid-19 Cases in Japan
Source: Quora

An Indian user Vedant, living in Japan, provided a possible explanation about how it could be because of the way Japanese react to flu season in general - by wearing masks, regularly using sanitizers, and disinfecting public places. 

Japanese people with masks
Source: asahi

Several other users corroborated his explanation and listed the general practices followed by Japan. 

Source: CNN

In other words, precautionary measures undertaken globally in the wake of Covid-19 are regular practices in Japan. 

Additionally, people also pointed out that Japan's cultural norms, which include removing shoes before entering a house and bowing as a form of greeting, may have helped curb the spread of the virus. 

Japanes bow
Source: nhkworldnews (representational image)

Simply put, it may appear that Japan was already following social distancing as a way of life. However, conspiracy theories of Japan underreporting the cases or not testing as much as required have also come up. 

Japan Trend
Source: Vox

As has been the case with most other countries, including the USA and England, as soon as testing was increased, there was a considerable hike in the number of positive cases. It has also been proved that even asymptomatic people can test positive for the virus. 

Coronavirus patients
Source: NPR

If Japan has indeed been testing accurately and has managed to curb the spread thanks to its practices, then perhaps there is a lesson there for the rest of the world as well. 

All images are screenshots from the Quora thread, unless specified otherwise.