My remarks on the new coronavirus infection and China at the meeting of the General Council of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)

投稿日:2020年4月29日 更新日:

Currently, the issue of the new coronavirus is attracting attention throughout Japan and around the world. If the Third World War had occurred at all, the whole world might have experienced the same daily lives as we spend now, which include refraining from going out, tremendously-reduced transport services, and the like.

With regard to the bill on the supplementary budget to take urgent economic measures for the prevention of the spread of the new coronavirus infection, the budget committee and the plenary session of the House of Representatives were held today, April 28, and will continue until tomorrow, April 29, though it is a national holiday, for a vote on the bill.

At the meeting of the LDP’s General Council, I remarked on the new coronavirus infection and China as follows:

1. The medical care system based on PCR tests has not been fully accomplished yet mainly due to the complexity of the tests and the shortage of technicians to handle the testing equipment. The system, therefore, is causing delays in finding the infected patients. In order to expedite the process, it seems to be effective to use other simple testing kits. However, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is concerned about the reliability and accuracy of those kits. In my opinion, we can use the simple-version kits to detect the new coronavirus and then, only those patients whose test results are positive proceed to take the PCR tests so that the medical system as a whole may become more effective.

2. Although the so-called Avigan is not accredited as medical pharmaceutical for the new coronavirus infection, it is a medication that is developed in Japan and is reported to be effective in curing the coronavirus-infected patients. I hope that the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will amend the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law to ease the conditions to accredit the use of Avigan as soon as possible. Remdesivir, developed by a pharmaceutical company in the US, is also expected to be accredited as medical pharmaceutical for the new coronavirus infection.

3. While many countries are struggling with the new coronavirus pandemic and are in a state of emergency, China is still expanding its hegemonic actions in the East and South China Seas. According to the media reports, China has frequently entered the contiguous zone and intruded into the territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands, which belong to Japan historically and under the International Law. China’s actions are provocations toward Japan. The Japanese government has often protested against China through its diplomatic channel, but it seems to have no effect. I hope that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Ministry of Defense will take a resolute attitude toward China’s aggressive actions.