TOKYO-A full-page ad in the newspaper warned that some Japanese “will die of politics” because the government is forcing them to deal with the epidemic without a vaccine.
More than 300,000 people signed a petition calling for the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics, and the swimming stars were also forced to withdraw from the competition.
Japanese Prime Minister Hoshihide Suga repeated his promise to skeptical MPs, causing anger and confusion. He claimed that even if some hospitals have difficulty allocating beds for patients, and after the state of emergency expands to more areas in Japan, the Olympic Games will be held safely.
Even if there are millions of vaccines still not used in the freezer, only 1% of the population is immunized. After Suga called on the public to resist more emergency measures, the frustration intensified, and the plan for the expensive Olympics, which was originally planned to start in two months, doubled.
Last month, Suga declared a third state of emergency in Osaka (the center of the recent Covid-19 surge), Tokyo and two other regions. The state of emergency has been extended to May 31.
Two more regions were added on Wednesday, with Aichi Prefecture in the center and Fukuoka in the south.
“There is no vaccine, no medicine. Should we fight the bamboo spear? If things don’t change, we will die for politics..
The announcement of the Tokyo publication “Treasure Kara”, which is well-known on political and social issues, called on the public to ask the government to stop improper measures against the coronavirus.
“They deceived us. What good was last year?” he said.
The publication guarantees that many Japanese are facing medical and financial problems due to lack of government support. He compared this situation with what he experienced at the end of the Japanese war, when the Japanese government asked the people to fight with sticks.
The announcement caused drastic changes on social media. However, it also aroused people’s interest in the parliamentary meeting. Opposition lawmakers asked Suga how he could ensure the safety of the Olympic Games in a state of emergency.
Suga avoided responding directly and stated more than a dozen times that he was committed to running the Olympic Games safely and protecting people’s lives and health.
The video of Suka’s speech at the Diet was widely circulated on social media and received comments such as “The Prime Minister is suppressed.”
Sujia and his government have been criticized for their slow and lax measures against the virus. Although the number of cases and deaths in Japan has no restrictions and other restrictions, it is still lower than the United States and Europe, but the results lag behind other Asian countries.
Japan is also lagging behind in vaccines. Although the authorities attribute it to a shortage of imports from Europe, the vaccination campaign has been slow due to a lack of personnel. About 7.6 million doses, or more than half of the dose received, were kept in the freezer and not used.
The chairman of the Games Organizing Committee Seiko Hashimoto said on Wednesday that Japanese athletes participating in the competition are likely to be vaccinated before the opening on July 23.
Hashimoto admitted: “As far as Japan is concerned, the vaccination of citizens is not progressing smoothly.” “Not much progress. In this case-athletes receive special treatment-this has caused dissatisfaction among citizens towards the Games.
The popular rejection even points to Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee (Rikako Ikee). Ikea recently said on Twitter that he had received news asking him to give up playing in Tokyo, which “touched his heart.”
An online petition to cancel the Olympics has also been distributed, collecting more than 300,000 signatures. Some people ask the government to spend money on people who need financial help because of the pandemic.
Japanese Prime Minister Suhide Yoshihide said that even if some hospitals find it difficult to allocate beds for patients, the Olympic Games will be held safely.
Even if there are millions of vaccines that are not used but kept in the freezer, only 1% of the population is immunized
Last month, a third state of emergency was declared into Osaka, which is the center of the recent Covid-19 surge, as well as Tokyo and two other areas.