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The future of Japan is WowWoWowWow

The “Manbo” (quasi-emergency against COVID-19) has started today in Tokyo, Osaka, and other cities, and the vaccination of the elderly has finally begun.

The U.S. has said that life will return to normal around June.
The vaccination rates in the U.K. and the U.S. are 46% and over 30%, respectively, but less than 1% of Japan’s population has been vaccinated so far.
This means that Japan has the lowest vaccination rate among developed countries. Japan is unable to manufacture its own vaccines, and its handling of vaccine importation and logistics has been terrible as well.

If you think about it, it is clear that Japan, Inc. has become a completely dysfunctional organization.
Japan has twice the GDP of the U.K. and is second only to the U.S. in terms of its average household asset value (excluding real estate).

Yet, Japan’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis has been a disastrous failure.

First, there was the former prime minister’s mask fiasco when COVID-19 hit. The government was denounced for intending to spend 46.6 billion yen to produce “Abenomasks,” which ended up costing 26.9 billion yen for 48 million masks, or 560 yen per mask.

The number of COVID-19 cases spiked after that and there was an urgent need for more hospital beds. In the absence of leadership from the government, the over-reliance on the private sector has resulted in the collapse of the healthcare system in many areas.
This remains the case today, with Osaka in a really bad shape.

In China, hospitals were built in just six days, and 100 wards were built in a single day using 3D printers.

I wonder if it is even possible for Japan, which no longer possesses any leadership skills, to run an international event like the Olympics.

If the vaccine had been as widely available as it is in the U.S. and the U.K., there would have been no need for the government to declare another quasi-emergency today. People are at risk of dying because of the government’s incompetence and lack of foresight.

Even if it takes people getting vaccinated half a year later than they should have, I hope we can see a change of government this fall so that we can have a cabinet that is as IT-proficient as Taiwan’s and evolve into a digitally advanced country like Sweden or Estonia.

As Japan continues to fall into irrelevance, we need to bring in more immigrants and not just tourists, as well as invest aggressively in AI and robotics, to have a future as a country.

If we can do that well, Japan may stand a chance at having a bright future. Let’s all head to the polls this year!

These are some of my thoughts I spoke about.

Voicy Radio “The future of Nippon is WowWoWowWow”

https://voicy.jp/channel/1685/144746

◆References

Hospital built in just six days in Wuhan, China, where COVID-19 is wreaking havoc
https://www.bbc.com/japanese/video-51291088

WinSun sets up 3D-printed quarantine facilities for healthcare staff to treat COVID-19 patients https://idarts.co.jp/3dp/winsun-3d-printed-medical-workers/