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Kishida’s first major ordeal as he embarks on isolation

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On November 29, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida decided to “suspend the entry of foreigners from all over the world.” On November 27, he attended a review ceremony of the Self-Defense Forces and grasped his responsibility as the leader of Japan. photo: Representative photo/Reuters/Afro

Omicron (Ο), a new variant of the new corona strain, has been confirmed in South Africa. This is the first time the virus has been detected and confirmed in North America and Canada, and the U.S. government held emergency talks with President Biden and Dr. Fauci.

CDC CDC CDC, NIH NIH The CDC, NIH, and other agencies involved in infectious diseases have raised their alert levels and tensions are high.

The new coronavirus is also beginning to show signs of spreading on a global scale.

In response to this situation, Prime Minister Kishida held a press conference in the entrance hall of the Prime Minister’s Office on the afternoon of March 29. In response to this situation, Prime Minister Kishida held a press conference in the entrance hall of the Prime Minister’s Office on the afternoon of the 29th.

He said, “As an emergency precautionary measure to avoid a worst-case scenario, the government will take the following measures November November November 30 November 30 morning November 30 As a general rule, the entry of new foreign nationals into Japan will be suspended from midnight on November 30 for all countries and regions of the world. In addition, the Omicron strain has been confirmed to be 14 In addition, strict quarantine measures will be imposed on those returning from 14 countries and regions where Omicron strains have been confirmed.

While reinforcing waterfront measures, “the third dose of the vaccine will be administered on December 1 as scheduled,” amid reports of breakthrough infections around the world.

Some people are puzzled by Prime Minister Kishida’s drastic decision to expand the ban from nine countries, including South Africa, to a worldwide ban.

On November 8, he had just lifted the ban on the entry of foreign business people, foreign students and technical interns on an exceptional basis. However, the rapid expansion of Omicron’s stock forced the ministry to change its policy. A senior official of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said.

Since the Kishida administration took office, the prime minister has been paying attention to the global coronary infection situation every day. To avoid following the Kan administration’s footsteps, he was very nervous and kept a close watch on statistics from Johns Hopkins University and the CDC The CDC, the EU In Japan, we are working with the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Domestically, it instructed the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and research institutes, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to collect information from diplomatic missions abroad. The first step in confirming the mutant strain was to ascertain the situation in Asia. The National Institute of Infectious Diseases, the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Tokyo, and the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research have all shifted their focus to investigating Omicron.

Former Prime Minister Abe was silenced by “Fumikun

Although Prime Minister Kishida seemed to lack appeal, his reputation from the start of his administration to the present day has been surprisingly high. An opinion leader in the political world, whom successive cabinet ministers have looked up to, said, “Mr. Kishida is a man of great talent.

Bunn is managing his administration much better than I expected. If he continues like this, I think he will be able to get through next year’s Upper House election without much trouble. If so, he will have four years until his term expires. We may be able to maintain a long administration.

The political world reacted sensitively to this statement.

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, too, seems to have been forced to take a step back from his previous push for Takaichi after hearing this comment. “Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems to have been forced to take a step back from his previous push for Takaichi after hearing this statement, and ‘Bunkun’ is very happy about this. When Prime Minister Kishida was a child, his father, Mr. Bunbu, and other people in the political world around him, such as former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, used to call him “Bun-kun. It was a remark that could only be made by a tycoon who has been associated with him since that time.

Mr. Fumikuni quietly made the exquisite appointments of Toshimitsu Mogi as the secretary general and Yoshimasa Hayashi as the foreign minister. He also managed to appoint Taro Aso as Vice President, Taro Kono as Chairman of the Public Relations Committee, and Shinjiro Koizumi as Acting Chairman of the General Affairs Council. Former Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga was given de facto cooperation from outside the Cabinet in charge of vaccines to minimize any disturbance. These appointments prompted a political don to say, “Mr. Moon, you’re quite a handful.

The Omicron crisis, however, is likely to be the first test for the Kishida administration, which until now has appeared to be sailing smoothly.

It is true that early action is the best way to deal with the Omicron and the sixth wave. It is true that early action is the best way to deal with Omicron and the sixth wave, but first we need to have an accurate grasp of the situation and communicate it to the public. Although the infection is spreading, there is no information yet that it has been replaced by the Omicron strain.

So far, the number of deaths has been relatively low, so it seems that the vaccine is effective in preventing serious illness. The decision to shut down the country at once may unnecessarily cause anxiety and confusion among the people. The impact on the economy is also not insignificant.

Nevertheless, Prime Minister Kishida’s decision to take such firm measures is due to the fact that last year there was no influenza pandemic, and this year there will be no influenza pandemic due to the new corona and flu strains. W The other reason is that Kishida is concerned about the possibility of a flu epidemic this year. Another reason is that Prime Minister Kishida seems to be determined not to make the same mistake that the Kan administration made during its difficult year.

The decision to close off the country at this time may seem a bit eccentric, but there is still a concern that the Omicron strain may enter the country and cause a “sixth wave. It is too late for the infection to spread. The Kishida administration has so far managed to avoid landmines and avoid making any gaffes, but the threat of a new type of corona infection is looming.

  • Interview and text by Shutaro Iwashiro

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