Abe government tries to conceal spread of new coronavirus (COVID-19) contagion,
giving priority to hold the Olympic Games. The situation in the country has
been deteriorated due to absence of wide-ranging examination of the public. Triggered
by a rising tide of the sickness, the government decided on closure of schools
across the country. Thus, confusions prevail deeply and seriously. Effective
measures cannot work when a medical testing system is fragile.
FOR GENENRAL EXAMINATION ARE BASIS OF EFFECTIVE MEASURES
is a month and a half since the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the
country. But the government of Japan
would not seriously commit in prevention of spread. The government’s negligence
is shown in a fact clearly that the authority has refused to extend a service
of PCR (=polymerase chain reaction) test to the public. A mother exclaimed; ‘my
child had a fever for days and I sincerely asked for a test to check, but the
local healthcare center rejected my request’. Her grievous cry is a tip of an
of number of infections
for the ominous COVID-19 outbreak, experts have pointed out that the number of
tests could grossly increase if people can use the medical insurance programs
and medical facilities of the private sector engage in the examination service.
However, Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Kato Katsunobu simply replied
during the Diet debates ‘under investigation’, when he was asked by an opposition
lawmaker who demanded him to tell reasons why the tests had been stifled.
Republic of Korea (ROK) medical examinations have been conducted up to a dozen
of thousands per day, and the authority has grasped the situation rightly. Meanwhile,
the number of tests has been stuck at several hundreds of patients per day as
of the end of February. Behaviors of the Japanese authorities imply that they
want to conceal the number of infections deliberately.
government’s real intention was reflected in the ‘measures’ announced on
February 25: they enforce people ‘not to go to see a doctor without right
consultation’ and to ‘stay at home if symptoms are mild’. That means the
government made people not to have a test for checking.
elderly have greater risks to their lives, even though they do not contract the
new type of pneumonia. They immediately need a test. If people take a commuter
train without knowing they are infected, contagion easily spreads. Screening is
necessary when patients are in the initial phase of the disease.
government wanted the situation to pose less serious: it sought to leave
negative factors behind that may hamper hosting the Olympics. It has camouflaged
the country’s economy though the GDP has aggravated after the surge of consumption
tax rate last October. Under these circumstances the Abe government decided to
close school throughout the country and told to apply the medical insurance
programs to cope with the new illness. However, no scientific explanation is made
why schools are closed in a uniform manner.
a testing had been practiced in a similar way as in ROK, another arrangement would
have come out on closure of school that may rationally mirror dimension of
infection. A special budget of a sum 15 billion Yen is compiled, but it is too
small. The ROK government has provided 1.4 trillion Yen.
payment is needed
look at the Hong Kong government. Patients are
treated under quarantine and their families are financially compensated. In the
contagious areas citizens get gift coupons that can be used in their districts.
A resident is paid in cash uniformly 140 thousand Yen. These steps are probably
taken to guarantee income in an anticipation of business closure en masse.
back to Japan.
The Abe government’s compensation policy for workers lies mainly in subsidies
for firms. Judging from the current variations of employment as well as
self-employed workers, a cash handout is more effective in which every worker
is paid directly. In anyway a nation-wide checkup system is necessary to figure
out the whole context. Without that, no measures will work.
Abe government is committing at the moment professional negligence resulting in
death as in the same way as the managers of TEPCO, Tokyo Electric Power Company,
when they were accused in the wake of catastrophe of nuclear power plants.