discussions are going on an end of the Covid-19 disaster. One that the Abe
government presents, however, is erratic. It lacks a scientific vision and,
seemingly, it weighs people’s life and economic profit in the balance. We must
be careful about the government attitudes as it does not carry out PCR tests as
many as possible to detect contagion. Without increasing the number of testing,
any measure will not work effectively.
GOVERNMENT DOES NOT SEE REAL PICTURES
Europe economic activities have opened today a little by little, but the policy
should be understood correctly. The governments there have just loosened strict
lockdown measures in gradual steps to get to a level of Tokyo.
EU sets three rules to resume economic activities: (1) a slower contagion expansion
in which the effective reproduction number becomes below 1.0, and if it grows,
a restrictive step will again be taken, (2) massive development of PCR testing capabilities,
for instance, in Germany, the current test record a day, 70 thousand, will be
increased to 140 thousand (which is 14 times bigger than that of Japan, taking
the population ratio of the two nations into account), and (3) good
preparations in medical equipment to cope with a possible second wave of the
disease. The number of ICU (intensive care units) is 29 per 100 thousand
patients in Germany, while in Japan the number is seven. The European nation, after
conducting a big number of PCR tests, separates virus carriers from not-infected
persons. Those who show negative in the tests can engage in the economic activities.
In other words the German government is ready to develop vaccines and to wait
for two years or so to attain herd immunity, not simply relying on the end of infection.
businesses and promoters of the austerity policy, the EU main stream, desire to
restart businesses as early as possible. The US President Trump encourages street
demonstrations of rightists who demand to cancel lockdown. If a government
guarantees people’s life, that means to them violation of the neo-liberal
doctrine. The governments in Europe and US, however, cannot ignore people’s consciousness
over the rights. People say ‘we cooperate with the government in suspending business
activities so as to protect our lives, but the state must guarantee the rights
to survive’. If the vow is infringed, a general strike will take place.
consolidate self-restraint efforts
these reasons most of the financial mobilization policies to respond to the virus
hazards in many countries, including the United States, are appropriated to making
direct payments to people and improving healthcare programs, which is different
from the supplementary budget made by the Japanese government. Compensations,
rather than fines, have promoted people’s self-restraint behaviors.
look at Japan. Another wave of the infectious disease will come in autumn at
the latest, according to a shared opinion of medical experts. The government
has regulated to carry out PCR testing, being unable to specify the basic
reproduction number. On May 14 a meeting of professionals was held, but the
number was not reflected in their conclusion.
Omi of the Experts’ Commission, told explicitly in the Diet that ‘a total
number of contracted people counts 10 times, or 15, or 20 times more than the
confirmed cases and nobody knows’, but Prime Minister Abe Shinzo utters the
contagion is ending.
suicide cases in various sectors are reported. Voices to receive direct payment
of 100 thousand Yen can be heard here and there, but the Abe government tries
to push up a social atmosphere that the disaster is coming to an end. It wants
to spend less in the second-round supplementary budget, disregarding people’s
government should grasp the real situation by conducting PCR testing, as the
Republic of Korea has done, in order to get ready for coming autumn and winter months
by allocating money in the compilation of next supplementary budget to benefits
and compensations to people and by reinforcing medical, elderly care and child-nursing
of Health, Labor and Social Welfare Kato should resign at once who has uttered ‘misunderstanding’
in the Diet. Governor Nishimura of Osaka Prefecture explained ‘the independent norms’
of the prefecture, but they are not endorsed. Governor Koike of Tokyo, who is
intended to ‘give out immediately a sum of 800 billion Yen to cope with the
Covid-19 disaster’, should announce as soon as possible cancelation of hosting
the Olympic Games which need additional several hundreds of billion Yen.