In the press review of Monday April 26, we will discuss: the opening of mass vaccination centers in the cities of Osaka and Tokyo, the Prime Minister is prioritizing the fight against Covid despite the defeat of the PLD and the Sakurajima volcano which erupted yesterday.
Campaign for mass vaccination
In order to speed up the vaccination process there, the Japanese government plans to set up mass vaccination sites in the city centers of Tokyo and Osaka from May. It plans to vaccinate 10,000 people a day with the help of army medical and nursing staff. Although the Japanese vaccination campaign has so far stipulated that people: “must be vaccinated in their city of residence”. This more flexible directive will open the doors of these mass vaccination sites to people living elsewhere. This Sunday, during an appearance on Fuji TV, the Minister of Health, Labor and Social Protection, Norihisa Tamura, indicated that the vaccination of under 64s could be done in parallel with that of the elderly. If there is enough stock, it could start as early as July. “As long as we have a sufficient stock, the vaccination of citizens could be carried out in parallel with that of the elderly”, did he declare.
Suga prioritizes virus despite electoral defeat
On Monday, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said that the fight against COVID-19 was his “Top priority”, thus ruling out the idea of dissolving the House of Representatives with a view to general elections. Indeed, on Sunday, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (PLD) lost three seats in parliamentary elections. Following these results, the Prime Minister said : “I humbly accept the judgment of the people, and after studying the results, I will make the necessary adjustments”. This defeat is seen as an indicator of a national election due to take place this fall. Indeed, these are the first elections at the national level since Suga took office in September 2020. They took place against a backdrop of discontent with the government and its slowness in distributing the coronavirus vaccine, but in the face of a series of financial scandals involving PLD lawmakers.
Sakurajima volcano erupts
This Sunday, April 26, the Sakurajima volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the country, erupted. Located in the southwest of Japan, this eruption caused a column of smoke to spurt more than 2.3 kilometers into the air. Following the rash at 1:09 a.m., Japanese Meteorological Agency issued an alert. Local authorities said no injuries or property damage were reported from the eruption. Indeed, the probability of death or injury is low, because since February 2016, it is forbidden for anyone to approach within 2 km of the crater. The agency maintains its alert for the volcano at level 3 on a 5-point scale. This rating warns the public not to approach the crater, and calls for caution in the face of falling rocks and rocks. The agency briefly extended the no-access zone to a radius of 2.4 km around the crater of the Minamidake before bringing it back to 2 km. The nearest residential area is approximately 2.5 km away.