Japan: In dealing with the Omicron Covid-19 variant, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged to "prepare for the worst" while still pushing the country's economic recovery.
Kishida also expressed hope for additional debate on constitutional modification in his policy statement at the start of an extraordinary parliamentary session, and promised to complete a thorough review of security policy in roughly a year, according to reports.
Despite the fact that the situation with Covid-19 in Japan has improved dramatically, Kishida warned of "new hazards," such as the confirmation of the Omicron form in a number of nations. "We will maintain our cautious and conservative posture," the Prime Minister said, noting that Japan has added 10,000 hospital beds for Covid patients since the summer and that an oral therapy medicine could be approved later this month. The authorities will be able to provide digital certificates to persons who have been properly vaccinated against Covid-19 on December 20, he said.
Kishida said he is "willing to accept criticism that I'm being excessively cautious until we have an appropriate understanding of the problem," referring to a decision to block new foreigner entry into Japan owing to fears about the Omicron variant.