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Editorial: Government’s new pandemic measures need fleshing out

In preparation for the next wave of novel coronavirus infections, the government has come up with the basic outline of its new pandemic response policy.   Assuming the worst-case scenario of the virus’ transmissibility reaching double the peak level of this past summer, the government is projecting a 20-percent increase in the number of patients requiring hospitalization and is setting up….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 1:10 p.m.
  • English Press

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Defense Ministry to issue vaccination certificates for civilian workers at U.S. bases

Okinawa Times wrote that the Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday that it would issue certificates for civilian employees who have received COVID-19 vaccines at U.S. bases in Japan to use as proof of vaccination when entering foreign countries. The ministry’s local offices will accept applications for the certificates. The paper wrote that the governments of the United States and….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times
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Errors in vaccine database could delay digital certificate plan

By Nakajima Yoshikatsu, staff writer   Erroneous information on potentially hundreds of thousands of people was entered into the government’s COVID-19 vaccine database, which could delay its plans to start issuing digital vaccination certificates by year-end.   In some cases, the centrally managed vaccination recording system (VRS) contained no inoculation records of those who had actually received vaccine shots, according….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 3:05 p.m.
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Tokyo to end request for bars and restaurants to close early 

Nikkei and Sankei wrote in front-page articles that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has decided not to extend beyond Oct. 24 its request for bars and restaurants to stop serving alcohol after 8 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. if they are certified for enforcing proper COVID-19 prevention and mitigation protocols. The establishments will be allowed to operate according to their regular business hours starting on Oct. 25 for the first time in almost 11 months, although the number of customers per table may….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
  • , Nikkei, Sankei
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Japan startup to put COVID-19 vaccine into practical use in 2022

Tokyo, Oct. 18 (Jiji Press)–Pharmaceutical startup VLP Therapeutics Japan LLC said Monday it aims to put its next-generation COVID-19 vaccine, currently under development, into practical use by the end of next year.     “We want to covert new ‘made in Japan’ technology into a vaccine,” VLP Therapeutics Japan CEO Wataru Akahata told a press conference in Tokyo.     The vaccine….Read more

  • October 18, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 6:37 p.m.
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COVID-19 expert Omi: Qualities required of leaders

Interviewed by Tsuji Tokiko, senior staff writer, and Edamatsu Yuki, staff writer   COVID-19 has presented Japan with a variety of difficult challenges. Ahead of the upcoming general election, the Asahi Shimbun sat with Omi Shigeru (72), chair of the government’s COVID-19 expert panel, and asked him what qualities he thinks a leader needs to navigate unusual times, how he….Read more

  • October 10, 2021
  • , Asahi digital
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GOJ likely to shorten self-quarantine period for people arriving in Japan

Today’s Asahi and Yomiuri took up remarks made on a Sunday talk show by Minister for Economic Reconstruction Yamagiwa, who noted that the GOJ is inclined to shorten the current 10-day self-quarantine requirement for people arriving in Japan, although he stopped short of specifying when the regulation might be eased. The minister also noted that the ongoing request for eateries….Read more

  • October 18, 2021
  • , Asahi, Yomiuri
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Hospital capacity to be increased

All Saturday papers took up the outline of the GOJ’s updated measures to combat the novel coronavirus, saying that hospital capacities to admit COVID-19 patients will be ramped up by 20% in preparation for a potential six wave to ensure that afflicted people can access proper healthcare without fail even if the virus becomes twice as contagious from the fifth….Read more

  • October 16, 2021
  • , All national papers
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Aoyagi wins ASA member award for inventing pulse oximeters

The late engineer Takuo Aoyagi has received the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Honorary Member Award for developing the technology for pulse oximeters, which became a lifeline for COVID-19 patients recuperating at home.    Nihon Kohden Corp., his former employer, announced on Oct. 12 that Aoyagi, who died last year at the age of 84, became the first Japanese to receive….Read more

  • October 13, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:30 p.m.
  • English Press

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Pfizer vaccine to be recommended for men younger than 30

All national papers wrote that the Health Ministry is considering recommending the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, not the Moderna product, for males in their teens and 20s because the use of the latter may potentially cause serious heart disease. The advisory will be applied to even those who were already administered the Moderna vaccine as the first dose.

  • October 14, 2021
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