Japan, Okanawa Corona infection again record high… 3rd class semi-emergency [특파원+]

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida listens to a reporter’s question during a press conference held after visiting Ise Jingu Shrine in Mie Prefecture, which is said to be dedicated to the ancestors of the Japanese royal family, on the 4th. Mie = Kyodo News

The situation of Corona 19 in Japan is rapidly deteriorating, with 1,400 infections confirmed in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan on the morning of the 7th, the largest number on record.

Nippon TV reported that around 11 am on the same day, 1,400 (provisional) new infections were confirmed in Okinawa Prefecture. This is significantly higher than the record on the 6th, which recorded a record high of 981 infections.

The Japanese government held a meeting of the Corona 19 Countermeasures Headquarters this afternoon and formally decided to issue a quasi-emergency declaration for the Okinawa, Yamaguchi, and Hiroshima prefectures from the 9th to the 31st. Tokyo is also considering issuing similar measures.

Considering the current situation, it cannot be excluded that the measures to prevent epidemics may be upgraded to a state of emergency or the period and target areas will be expanded.

According to NHK Broadcasting, as of the 6th, the number of new infections in Japan recorded 4475, which is a rapid increase. It is the first time since September 18 of last year that the number of people exceeded 4000 per day. In Tokyo, 641 people were infected, a 10-fold increase from a week ago (64 people). The Japanese Medical Association has declared that the whole country has entered the sixth pandemic.

Vehicles emerge from the U.S. Marine Corps’ Okinawa Camp Hanson, where the COVID-19 mass infection occurred. Okinawa = Kyodo AP

In particular, the recent situation is characterized by the fact that cluster infections, including omicron mutations, are occurring not only in large cities like Tokyo, but also in areas where US military bases are located, such as Okinawa and Yamaguchi Prefecture.

According to SOFA, which recognized the privileged status of the US military, the US military took over the quarantine of personnel entering through US bases in Japan, creating a hole in the Japanese government’s quarantine measures. Public opinion worsened when it became known that the US military had taken poor quarantine measures, such as exemption from PCR testing, shortening of quarantine, and allowing free movement within bases during quarantine.

At the US-Japan 2+2 (diplomatic and defense ministers) meeting held online on the 7th, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said that he would demand a strict response from the US to the Corona 19 infection problem that is spreading centering on US military bases in Japan. It is observed.

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi (left and right photo), US Secretary of State Tony Blincoln (right photo), and Defense Minister Lloyd Austin from the U.S.-Japan 2+2 (Diplomacy and Defense Minister) is having a meeting. This meeting was promoted as a face-to-face meeting, but was held over video due to Secretary Austin’s COVID-19 infection. Provided by the U.S. Department of State

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (岸田文雄) previously met with reporters on the evening of the 6th and said that during the US-Japan 2+2 summit, the Japanese side would demand the US to strengthen countermeasures. Earlier, the Mainichi Shimbun reported that Prime Minister Kishida, who was outraged by the current situation of the US military, ordered that “(the US side) protest as much as possible,” and that Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi expressed his regret to the commander of the US Forces in Japan.

During a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Tony Blincoln on the 6th, Foreign Minister Hayashi demanded stronger measures, such as restricting U.S. troops from going out, to alleviate residents’ anxiety. Secretary Blincoln expressed his intention to “deliver the request from the Japanese side to the Ministry of National Defense and take action as possible in solidarity with the Japanese side.”

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