9/7/21 Japan Galaxy News: Suga Willing To Resume Business Ties With Overseas Countries; Japan’s 4 Largest Car Companies Have Sales Decline In Communist China

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1. Japan’s Prime Minister Suga Willing to Resume Business Ties with Overseas Countries

According to TBS, Prime Minister Suga received a proposal from Mr. Tokura, Chairman of Japan Business Federation and others to stimulate socio-economic activities in the wake of the pandemic on the afternoon of the 6th. During the meeting, Suga expressed his willingness to “steadily work” on resuming business exchanges with overseas countries once the vaccination process has progressed.

They also took a strong interest in the exemption from quarantine at the time of entry into Japan by the so-called “vaccine passport”, which is a certificate of inoculation for the CCP virus vaccine, and its use in Japan. The government has announced its plan to issue this “vaccine passport” online starting in December.

2. 1.2 Billion Dose Surplus in Japan, U.S., Europe, Etc. Even with 3 Doses of CCP Virus Vaccine

Asahi News reported on the 6th that Airfinity, a British scientific information and analysis company, has released an estimate that even if a third round of vaccinations is given in five countries and regions, including Japan, the United States and Europe, there will be a total surplus of 1.2 billion doses by the end of the year. The company says that the surplus should be handed over to developing countries.

The G7 countries and the EU have pledged to transfer a total of 1 billion sessions to developing countries, but less than 15% of these have been realized. Japan has pledged to provide 30 million doses, of which 12 million doses have already been provided to Taiwan, Vietnam and other countries. Through the COVAX Facility, a framework for international cooperation, a total of 11 million doses are being provided to 15 countries, mainly in Asia, including Iran and Nepal.

The challenge for major powers is no longer supply,” said Rasmus Beck Hansen, CEO of the company. High-income countries can be assured that they will be able to purchase more vaccines, which should reduce the need for stockpiling,” he said. “How to redistribute the stockpile is a political decision,” he said, urging that vaccines should not be wasted but sent to areas that need them.

3.New Vehicle Sales in Communist China by the Four Japanese Auto Manufacturers Declined for the First Time in Two Months

On 6th, new vehicle sales figures for the four major Japanese automakers in the Chinese market were released. This is the first time in two months that all four automakers have posted lower sales than a year ago, and the brakes are being applied to the continued strong sales of Japanese automakers in Communist China.

Toyota Motor Corp. reported an 11.9% decline to 144,800 units. Honda was down 38.3% to 91,694 units, its fourth consecutive monthly decline. Nissan Motor decreased 10.6% to 113,166 units, its fourth consecutive monthly decline. Mazda’s total export volume was down 27.7% to 12,528 units, the fifth consecutive month of decline. Japanese manufacturers’ sales in Communist China, which have been on a recovery trend since the pandemic, are likely to remain sluggish for the time being due to the effects of the semiconductor shortage.

4.British Aircraft Carrier Queen Elizabeth to Make First Port Call to Japan in Cooperation against Communist China

On 6th, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi inspected the British aircraft carrier USS Queen Elizabeth, which is currently in port at the U.S. Navy’s Yokosuka Station in Kanagawa Prefecture, and said, “I was able to sense Britain’s strong will for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.” This is the first time for the aircraft carrier to make a port visit to Japan. Japan, the U.S., and Europe have been conducting joint drills involving the carrier strike group, and the Japanese side positions the dispatch of the carrier as a symbol of cooperation with CCP’s rise in mind.

The Japanese side welcomes this involvement by Europe. Mr. Kishi pointed out to reporters that European countries are “strengthening their presence” in the Indo-Pacific region, including East Asia. Japan and the U.S. advocate the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)” concept, which emphasizes freedom of navigation and the rule of law.

5. Supermarkets Without Cash Registers Open

As the spread of the CCP virus continues, a supermarket without cash registers has opened, allowing customers to enter the store with their smartphones, pick up the items they want to buy, and simply leave the store to complete their shopping. This store was opened by Daiei and NTT Data at NTT Data’s premises in Koto-ku, Tokyo. 

There is no cash register in the store, and customers can enter the store by displaying a QR code on their smartphone, pick up the product they want to buy, and leave the store to complete the payment with their pre-registered credit card. The products purchased by customers are monitored by 32 cameras in the store and weight sensors mounted on the product shelves. Under the pandemic, FamilyMart and convenience stores operated by affiliates of East Japan Railway Company have introduced unmanned payment stores, and it will be interesting to see if this new form of shopping will take root.

6. The Number of Serious Cases Is Still High; New Infections Decreasing

With regard to the “fifth wave” of the spread of the CCP virus, the number of newly infected people across the country has begun to decrease, but the number of critically ill people remains at a high level, with the number of days exceeding 2,000. According to data released by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare on September 3, the utilization rate of secured hospital beds for critically ill patients rose in eight of the 10 prefectures that fall under Stage 4 (50% or more), including 96.9% in Tokyo (up 2.8 points from the previous week), 91.3% in Kanagawa Prefecture (up 8.6 points), and 89.2% in Okinawa Prefecture (up 2.7 points). Koichiro Yoshida, a professor at Kinki University who specializes in infectious diseases, said, “People who become seriously ill tend to deteriorate 7 to 10 days after the onset of illness, so the number of seriously ill people tends to increase one to two weeks after the number of infected people increases. Dr. Takaji Wakita, director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, said, “If the infection spreads, the number of hospitalized patients requiring oxygen administration will increase.”

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