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Vol.63 Coronavirus Pandemic and Politics
Nov 15,2021
  The novel coronavirus pandemic has shaken the world.
 Japan frequently suffers from earthquakes, tsunami, volcano eruptions, and floods, and this COVID-19 crisis can also be categorized into such natural disasters. Judging from the COVID-19 death tolls in the U.S., India, Brazil, and other countries, it is not too much to say that this is a war between humans and viruses.

 Even though the infection and death numbers are low in Japan, the people are dissatisfied with central and local government politics.

 For example, the local government where I live takes COVID-19 vaccination reservations only by phone or Internet for both the first and second inoculations. In phone reservations, some people fortunately had reservations after making over 100 calls while others ended up giving them up.

 Meanwhile, a local government next to mine flexibly introduced other reservation methods for the second inoculation, which accelerated vaccinations at one of the fastest speeds in Japan.

 This COVID-19 outbreak has unintentionally become a real test of politicians' sensibilities and abilities. To my sorrow, some residents in my local government describe our administrative leader as being incapable, saying "He was simply brought up spoiled" and "I will not vote for him in the next election."
 To eliminate rigid governmental organizations or change social systems, a strong belief and an ability to take action are required. I think we are now in need of politicians who have such determination and can impress residents with innovative ideas.
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Masaru Sugaya

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