7/30/21 Japan Galaxy News: Japanese Government Adds Four Prefectures To The State Of Emergency; Abe Expresses Concern Over Taiwan Strait Situation

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1.Japanese Government Adds Four More Prefectures to the State of Emergency Until the 31st of next Month

The Japanese government has decided to add Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, and Osaka prefectures to the emergency declarations issued to Tokyo and Okinawa prefectures in response to the CCP virus, NHK reported on July 29. The government plans to extend the declaration deadline for Tokyo and Okinawa from the 2nd to the 31st of next month. Tokyo, which has been under its fourth emergency declaration since the 12th of this month, confirmed a record number of new cases for the third consecutive day on the 29th, and the outbreak is spreading nationwide. Prime Minister Suga met with Minister of State for Economic Promotion Nishimura and Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare Tamura at the prime minister’s residence at around 5 p.m. on the 27th and 28th. They decided to add four prefectures – Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, and Osaka Prefecture – to the list of areas with emergency declarations. They also planned to take priority measures in Hokkaido, Ishikawa, Kyoto, Hyogo, and Fukuoka to prevent the spread of the virus.

2.Abe Expresses Concern over Taiwan Strait Situation

According to Kyodo News, on July 29, Japan’s cross-party parliamentary coalition, the Japan-China Parliamentary Conference, held its first strategic dialogue with members of the U.S. House and Senate and Taiwan legislators online on July 29. Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, an adviser to the parliamentarians’ coalition, expressed concern about Communist China’s military expansion, intensifying pressure in the Taiwan Strait, and said, “we cannot let what happened in Hong Kong happen in Taiwan.” Furthermore, Abe asked the Chinese Communist Party to recognize Taiwan’s membership in the World Health Organization (WHO) as an observer. He believes it is essential to strengthening relations in the security field and the economic field, calling on the United States and Taiwan to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

3.Japan’s Prime Minister Will Order Economic Stimulus Measures of About 30 Trillion Yen

At a closed-door meeting of the Senate Cabinet Committee on the 29th, Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who is in charge of economic revitalization, said he would respond to Komeito lawmakers’ calls for a supplementary budget by consulting with the prime minister and not hesitating to engage in flexible macroeconomic management depending on the situation, according to JIJI. The ruling party is increasing pressure on spending ahead of the upcoming lower house elections in the fall, saying “Now is the time when the government needs to support the economy” (former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe). The prime minister also said he will take a flexible approach while observing the situation and is expected to give formal instructions on the development of the plan soon.

4.The Japanese Government Will Expand the Availability of Virus Testing Supplies for Foreign Residents

The Japanese government will test international students and technical interns in Japan for the CCP virus, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported on July 29. International students staying at Japanese language schools will soon begin to be issued free simple antigen test kits that can quickly determine whether they are infected. This move is in response to a series of outbreaks of cluster infections in foreign communities. Immigration Services Agency of Japan has already surveyed some 800 Japanese language schools across Japan to find out their preferences. The MEXT will distribute these test kits free of charge to schools that wish to use them. In addition, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare distribute test kits to companies that accept foreign technical interns for training.

5.Bluefin Tuna Fishing Quota in Japan to Increase by 15% to 732 Tons

An international meeting on the management of Pacific bluefin tuna resources has concluded. A consensus was reached to increase the fishing quota for this large fish by 15 per cent, TBS News reported. As a result, Japan’s fishing quota is expected to increase by 732 tons. The three-day meeting was held online due to the CCP virus and was attended by Japan, the United States, South Korea and Taiwan. Japan had proposed a 20 per cent increase in the quota for large and small bluefin tuna. However, as a result of the meeting, it was agreed that the current quota for small fish should be maintained, while a uniform 15% should increase the quota for large fish. As a result, Japan’s quota is expected to increase by 732 tons.

6.Japanese Experts Warn of Further Spread of the Epidemic

According to Kyodo News on July 29, Shigeru Omi, chairman of the Japanese government’s CCP virus countermeasures panel, said in an intersectional review of the Senate Cabinet Committee on the 29th, regarding the spread of the nationwide outbreak mainly in the metropolitan area, “I feel a severe crisis. Few factors can reduce the current infection.” He cited the reasons for the future spread of the epidemic, including (1) habituation to the virus, (2) the Delta strain from India, and (3) the movement of people due to the Olympics and summer vacation. Furthermore, he stressed the importance of good “risk communication” by the government, calling for “a strong message that is clearer and more explicit than the current one”. Regarding the effectiveness of vaccination, Omi said, “Even if 70% of the people are vaccinated, I’m afraid that the remaining 30% will not be protected”. Therefore, he believes it is tough to achieve mass immunization.

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