japan's bureaucratic rigidities planted the root of the epidemic

Posted by barello at 2020-04-17

The novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic has seen signs of slowing down in the mainland, but there are also crises in Japan and South Korea, which are likely to get out of hand. China is the largest country novel coronavirus pneumonia outside China, with seven hundred and fifty-five cases confirmed, of which 80% are from the diamond princess cruise ship. The infection rate of the Diamond Princess passengers and crew is over seventeen percent, higher than that of Wuhan. It is distressing and regretful, which also reflects bureaucratic epidemic prevention errors and structural problems in Japan.

There are more than 3700 passengers and crew on the "Diamond Princess" liner. After arriving at Yokohama on the 4th of this month, it is necessary to keep the vessel isolated. Due to the large number of people, Japan did not arrange isolation in other places, which was an expedient measure. It can be understood that the problem lies in the negligence of the Japanese government, which made the epidemic situation on board rapidly worsen.

Slow to act according to the book

The number of mistakes made by the Japanese government is astonishing. First, the quarantine is too slow, and it is too late to ask for help from universities and private medical institutions, so that the infected can not be separated at the first time, so that the virus can continue to spread. Second, no epidemic prevention experts have been sent on board, and under the guidance of no one, the infected area and the safety area on board are not clearly separated, and the crew's epidemic prevention equipment and awareness are insufficient, thus contributing to the spread of the virus. Third, on board Most of the elderly are vulnerable to the virus, but the Japanese government owes both drug support and psychological guidance, so that they can be locked in the cabin and live in fear, weakening their resistance and accelerating the deterioration of the epidemic; fourth, the lack of medical facilities, such as a confirmed Hong Kong person to be sent to a remote hospital, may lead to the deterioration of the disease.

What's more, the Japanese government's neglect is not only to the "Diamond Princess", but also to the domestic proliferation. Novel coronavirus pneumonia was diagnosed as "designated infection" in January and confirmed in January 15th. However, the government has no follow-up action. It has neither appealed to the national people to be vigilant and epidemic prevention, have not increased the customs quarantine measures, failed to strengthen the detection and isolation of suspected patients, nor mobilized more medical resources to prepare for the epidemic. When the program explains the epidemic situation, coughing, no nose covering and wearing a mask become negative teaching materials.

Worrying about the economic Olympics and weakening the epidemic situation

Japanese officials played down the crisis, ostensibly because they didn't want to cause unnecessary panic among the people, but considering the current situation in Japan, they believe there are more complicated economic and Olympic considerations. Japan's Abe government imposed a consumption tax in October last year, resulting in a sharp economic contraction of 6.3% at the end of last year, far exceeding expectations. If Japan's first quarter economy is hit again by high-profile epidemic prevention, it will push Japan into recession. Japan's low-key handling of the epidemic can avoid affecting tourism and business exchanges, especially last year when China alone had nearly 10 million tourists visiting Japan and made an economic contribution of 1.7 trillion yen. What's more, Tokyo will host the Olympic Games in July, which is the key to the revitalization of Japan's economy. It is not allowed to let the epidemic shadow the preparations for the Olympic Games and ticket sales.

The Japanese government's attempt to balance the risk of epidemic and economic losses is like gambling. With a high awareness of national health, zero SARS infection in 2003 may also increase the confidence of the Japanese government in winning the bet, and the Japanese society is highly united and follows the government. The government is immobile and the people are immobile. As a result, more than 10000 people have participated in festivals and celebrations in the past month as usual, which increases the risk of epidemic spread. There are more than 120 confirmed cases of non "Diamond Princess" in Japan, many of which are from unknown sources. If there is a super drug sower, it may cause a community outbreak, as in South Korea in these two days.

Although no one hopes that the Japanese government will lose the bet, its neglect of the epidemic has put more than 3000 "Diamond Princess" people, including more than 300 Hong Kong people, at risk, and exposed Japanese citizens to the crisis of the epidemic.