9/20 Galaxy News: LDP Presidential Candidates Debate Over Medical Care For CCP Virus And Security; Kono And Kishida Consider Japan-China Summit Dialogue “Important”

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1. LDP Presidential Candidates Debate over Medical Care for CCP Virus and Security

Kyodo News reported on Sep 19, the election of the president of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), administrative reform Minister Taro Kono, former political investigation chairman Fumio Kishida, former General Affairs Minister Sanae Takaichi, and Acting Chief Executive Seiko Noda were in a debate on Fuji TV and NHK on September 19. Kono and Takaichi mentioned that the government’s authority should be strengthened in order to establish a medical system that responds to CCP virus. Kono showed a cautious stance on having the “ability to attack enemy bases” by stopping ballistic missiles aimed at Japan within the borders of the other country, in contrast to the positive stance of Kishida and Takaichi. Kono believes that in order to build a medical system such as securing beds, “a little more authority will have to be used” and that “it will be possible to use the power of the Self Defense Forces to build temporary hospitals quickly”. Takaichi stressed that “certain penalties will be set and cooperation will be required in case of emergency”. Noda objected to the authority of the government. All four candidates are not in favor of changing the three non-nuclear principles. Kono, referring to deterrence against China, argued that “opinions calling for courageous responses are not necessarily good” and that the ability to attack enemy bases “is instead a cause of instability (in the region)”. 

2. Kono and Kishida Consider Japan-China Summit Dialogue “Important”

Kyodo News reported on Sep 18, at a public discussion on the LDP presidential election on the 18th, Taro Kono, the minister in charge of administrative reform, and Fumio Kishida, the former chairman of the political investigation, were asked how they would respond to the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China next year. Both said they thought it was important to have a dialogue with Chinese leaders. Former Minister of General Affairs Sanae Takaichi emphasized the importance of being prepared for unexpected developments in the Taiwan Strait. Acting Director General Seiko Noda noted the need for Japan to make diplomatic efforts to improve the antagonistic relationship between the United States and China. Kono stressed, “Summit talks should be held regularly. It is important to strive to communicate views through government-to-government talks.” Kishida also said that he will “gradually build up the exchange of personnel and explore the future” towards next year, stressing the importance of dialogue. Takaichi emphasized the importance of having the capabilities needed for deterrence and response, which should be complemented by the Japan-U.S.alliance. 

3. Japan’s Elderly Population Aged 65 and over Reaches 36.4 Million, Accounting for 29.1% of the Total Population, a Record High

NHK reports, According to estimates compiled by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications before “Respect for the Elderly Day” on the 20th, Japan’s elderly population aged 65 and older reached a record high of 36.4 million and accounted for a record high of 29.1% of the total population, the highest in the world. On the other hand, the total population decreased by 510,000 people and the proportion of elderly people in the total population increased by 0.3 percentage points compared to last year. According to UN data, this is the highest in the world, 5 percentage points higher than the second ranked Italy at 23.6%. By gender, there are about 15.83 million men and 20.57 million women, with 4.74 million more women. On the other hand, the working elderly population stood at a record high of 9.06 million last year, increasing for the 17th consecutive year and accounting for a record high of 13.6% of the total working population. In addition, the employment rate for older adults was 25.1 percent, the ninth consecutive year of growth and the highest level for a major country.

4. Japan CDP Announces Regional Development Plan to Expand Basic Services for Life Such as Nursing Care and Childcare

According to NHK 19th, The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan announced a regional development plan to strengthen support policies for depopulated areas, including the expansion of basic services for daily life, such as nursing care and childcare, as “basic services.” On the 19th, CDP representative Edano announced to reporters in Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture, a new regional development plan to strengthen supportive policies for the region. Among other things, in order to protect local agriculture, in addition to the “family income compensation system” that protects farmers’ income, the government also buys surplus rice stocks as rice reserves to stabilize prices. In addition, as a measure to curb depopulation, to include services such as nursing and childcare as the basis of daily life and expand these services, secure employment in these fields and strengthen the functions of local public universities. CDP intends to include it in its commitment to the House of Representatives election.

5. 75% of Infected Children Under 18 Years of Age Are Infected at Home

Mainichi Shimbun reported on Sep 19, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s summary analysis shows that more than 70% of children under the age of 18 were infected at home in the “fifth wave” of the August-September outbreak of the CCP virus. Seemingly due to the summer vacation, the infection rate among children under 15 years old in schools and other places has been on the rise since the start of primary and secondary schools in September. They obtained data from August 1 to September 13 by using the HER-SYS system, in which the information of infected persons was entered. There were a total of 102,759 infected persons aged 3 to 18 years. Analysis of the 15,619 people for whom the location of infection could be determined showed that the highest rate of infection was at home, with 11,724 people (75.1%). On the other hand, the infection rate in schools and welfare institutions increased in September after the summer vacation. The reason why the number of infections at home exceeds 70% is speculated to be “the influence of summer vacation” by Ken Sasaki, the cabinet secretary in charge of dealing with the CCP virus.

6. Since July 19, the Number of Infections Has Dropped to Less than 3,500 Across Japan

According to the Japan News Network on Sep 19, 565 new cases of infection with the CCP virus were confirmed in Tokyo. This is 502 fewer than last Sunday and has been lower than the number on the same day last week for 28 consecutive days. This is the first time in nearly two and a half months since July 4 that there were 500 confirmed cases on Sunday. There were 171 severe cases, six fewer than on the 18th. The head of the capital urged people not to go out during the holiday season and to take all possible measures to prevent infection, saying that “the number of hospitalized patients has exceeded 2,400 and the number of seriously ill people remains high.” Meanwhile, 16 deaths were confirmed, including a man in his thirties. This man had no underlying disease, but was not vaccinated. In addition, 467 people were confirmed in Osaka City and 277 in Aichi Prefecture, and 3,401 people were newly infected nationwide on 19. Since July 19, the number of infections has dropped to less than 3,500. In Tottori Prefecture, there have been no new cases of infection since July 12. There were 41 deaths nationwide.

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