The first Omicron Covid-19 case in Japan could help PM Kishida with his image


On Tuesday (Nov 30), Japan verified its first case of the Omicron coronavirus a day after barring its borders to all foreigners in one of the world’s most stringent preventative measures. However, the case could prove that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was correct in his decision to close the facility quickly, avoiding the kind of criticism that led to Yoshihide Suga’s departure in September over his handling of the virus.
According to Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, the finding of the sufferer, a diplomat from Namibia in his 30s who landed at Narita Airport in Tokyo, demonstrated that border restrictions had worked. To avoid a worst-case scenario with Omicron, he added, “we’ll stay on top of the infection situation in each country and respond flexibly and quickly.”
When Kishida ran for president, he promised to improve Japan’s reaction to the pandemic because many people were disappointed with Suga’s handling of the issue.
Just weeks earlier, border restrictions were lifted slightly, and Kishida said he would accept full responsibility for any criticism of his choice to re-close the country in a move that analysts said was intended to send a strong message.


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