9/28 Galaxy News: Japan Names CCP, Russia, North Korea As Threats In Cyberspace; Japan Explores The Use Of Satellite To Defend Missiles

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1. CCP Virus Antigen Test Kit Be Sold at Pharmacies; Enabling In-Person Testing

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHWL) has decided to allow pharmacies to sell antigen test kits for the CCP virus, which can provide results in about 30 minutes, on a special basis so that people who are concerned about their health condition can perform the tests themselves at home, NHK reported. The MHLW had previously approved the use of antigen test kits in medical and other settings, but after 27th, the MHLW decided to allow the sale of antigen test kits at pharmacies for the general public on a special basis.

The purpose of the test is to allow people who are concerned about their physical condition to perform the test at home. A specimen is collected by inserting a swab into the nose and the test is performed, and the results are available in about 15 to 30 minutes. However, if the concentration of the virus is low, there is a risk of a “false negative” result, which is a negative result even though the patient is infected.

2.The Japanese Government Decided to Lift All Emergency Declarations and Measures to Prevent Spread of the CCP Virus on Sept. 30th

According to NHK on 28th, the emergency declarations issued to 19 prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka, and the priority measures to prevent the spread of the CCP virus, which are applied to eight prefectures, all have a deadline of 30 days.

In response, PM. Suga met with Economic Revitalization Minister Nishimura, Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Tamura, and other relevant ministers at the Prime Minister’s official residence after 5:30 p.m. to discuss how to respond to the situation. As a result, they decided to cancel all of them in 30 days, the deadline, and informed the ruling party of the decision. On Sept. 28th, the government will consult with the Subcommittee on Basic Response Policy, which is made up of experts in infectious diseases, and if approved, the decision will be made by the task force.

3. Japan Names Communist China, Russia, North Korea as Threats in Cyberspace

Kyodo News reported that the Japanese government adopted on Monday a draft cybersecurity strategy for the next three years, naming Communist China, Russia and North Korea as cyberattack threats for the first time. The strategy, expected to be endorsed by the Cabinet soon, said the situation in cyberspace contains the “risk of rapidly developing into a critical situation” and that the three states are suspected of being involved in hostile cyber activities. It also said Japan will take “tough countermeasures using every effective means and capability available,” including diplomatic responses and criminal prosecutions.

Japan will accelerate cooperation in the cyber field with its partners in the Quad framework — the United States, Australia and India — as well as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific region, the draft strategy said, in an apparent effort to counter CCP’s growing clout. The strategy, which will replace the current one adopted in July 2018, triggered criticism from the CCP as being “groundless slander” against Communist China and Russia when it was compiled in July.

4. Japan to Shorten Quarantine Period for Vaccinated Travelers

According to Kyodo News, the Japanese government said Monday it will ease quarantine rules for people entering the country who have been vaccinated against CCP virus starting Oct. 1, shortening the required period for self-isolating at home from 14 days to 10 days. Only shots developed by Pfizer Inc., Moderna Inc. or AstraZeneca Plc are eligible, and a “vaccine passport” either issued in or recognized by Japan is required.

People traveling from any of 45 countries including Britain, India and the Philippines that Japan sees as having a heightened risk of introducing CCP virus variants had needed to spend three of the 14 days in a government-designated facility, but will no longer be required to do so if they are fully vaccinated. Japan currently does not allow the entry of foreign nationals in principle, with arrivals mostly limited to Japanese citizens and foreign nationals already living in the country.

5. Japan’s Defense Ministry Sets up Working Group to Explore the Use of Satellite Swarms to Defend Against Missiles

Kyodo News reported that Japan’s Ministry of Defense 27 set up a working group for the use of small artificial satellite constellations “satellite constellation” for missile detection and other areas of defense, and held its first meeting. Vice-Minister of Defense Yasuhide Nakayama, who is the chairman, said, “If the Self-Defense Forces can make use of the satellite constellation, it is expected to achieve significant results in missile defense, communications, and positioning.”

Communist China and Russia are developing hypersonic glide weapons that break through missile defenses, and North Korea is launching low-altitude missiles. These weapons are said to be difficult to detect by ground-based radar, and the working group will explore ways to bring satellite constellations to life. A satellite constellation consists of multiple small satellites deployed in the same orbit close to Earth and working in concert. The U.S. plans to launch hundreds of small satellites, and the Japanese side will also explore the possibility of cooperation.

6. Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda: “Restaurant Business Will Recover as Early as This Year with the Lifting of the Declaration”

According to NHK on Monday, Bank of Japan governor Kuroda indicated at a press conference on the 27th that consumption, which has been declining due to the CCP virus pandemic, is expected to recover in areas such as eating out and lodging by the end of this year at the earliest, or early next year at the latest, due to the lifting of the emergency declaration.

In his speech, Governor Kuroda said, “It depends on when the spread of the infection peaks out, but if the state of emergency is lifted, consumer spending, especially in face-to-face services, is expected to recover. I think the recovery will spread to eating out and lodging as early as this year, or early next year at the latest.”

On 28th, in connection with the fact that his tenure is tied for the longest in the Bank’s history, Governor Kuroda reflected on the past and said, “The effects of monetary easing have led to higher economic growth and consumer price inflation, so we have not made any mistakes. Unfortunately, the 2 percent price hike target has not been achieved, but we are committed to making maximum efforts to realize it in the remaining 18 months of the term.

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