February 3rd. On the 2nd local time, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that the emergency state of Coronavirus pandemic in 10 places including Tokyo will be extended by one month to March 7.
According to Japanese media analysis, the Yoshihide Suga government has been forced to the edge of the cliff. The anti-pandemic performance in the next month will determine the fate of the current government and the Tokyo Olympics.
According to a report from Japan’s Jiji News Agency on the 3rd, Suga Yoshihide expressed his determination to fight the pandemic at a press conference on the 2nd, “(We will) do our best and use everything we can.” On January 7 this year, Yoshihide Suga said that “the pandemic will definitely ease in a month”, and the number of confirmed cases in Tokyo dropped from 2,447 on that day to 393 on February 1.
But even so, the scale of infection in Tokyo has not yet reached the standard for lifting the state of emergency.
After announcing the extension of the state of emergency, Yoshihide Suga said, “I should be fully responsible for the failure to control the pandemic within one month.
The opening time of the Tokyo Olympics is scheduled for July 23, and the torch relay ceremony will begin on March 25.
The Jiji News Agency analyzed that the Japanese government must control the pandemic within one month, otherwise various rumors of canceling and postponing the Tokyo Olympics will be rampant.
A government official also said, “This is the last chance.” At the press conference on the 2nd, Yoshihide Suga said in answering whether the Olympic Games will be held “empty”, “Our highest priority is to hold a safe and secure conference.”
The Japanese government plans to vaccinate its citizens against Coronavirus from mid-February.
However, Japan’s “Sankei Shimbun” analyzed that there are currently three sets of vaccination systems in Japan, and there are also problems in information sharing between the government and various local governments.
The Jiji News Agency also pointed out that Coronavirus vaccine is a “winner” to control the pandemic and ensure the smooth hosting of the Olympic Games, but no one can guarantee that the vaccination will be carried out smoothly, and quoted a Liberal Democratic Party veteran as saying, “The next month will be Decide the fate of the Yoshihide Suga government.”