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  • March 2, 2021
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Broadcasters led with reports on the GOJ’s expectation that local municipalities will finish distributing COVID-19 vaccination tickets to the elderly by around March 23 (NHK), an expert’s warning that lifting the state of emergency for the Tokyo area could easily lead to a “rebound” (NTV), a scholar’s simulation indicating that a “fourth wave” of infection will arrive in May if the state of emergency is lifted for the Tokyo area on March 7 (TBS, TV Asahi), and the first night in Osaka since the state of emergency was lifted (TV Asahi). 


Top stories in national dailies included the resignation of Cabinet Public Relations Secretary Makiko Yamada, who was wined and dined by Prime Minister Suga’s son who works for a satellite broadcasting firm while she held a high post in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (Asahi, Mainichi, Sankei), a plan by the ruling coalition to enact a new law on dismissing teachers who commit indecent acts against students (Yomiuri), and moves among private companies to provide local governments with services to support coronavirus vaccination programs (Nikkei). 

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