Additional supply of vaccine depends on hard line stance on China. US threatening Japan and South Korea

Japan has a vaccination rate against the entire population of about 1%, which is almost the same level as African countries Meanwhile, Israel, with a population of 7.4 million, has received a concentrated supply from Pfizer-BioN. Following that in the United States and Britain, society is regaining its pre-Corona vibrancy. The political intentions of the United States are clearly reflected in the vaccination rate of countries where it is difficult to receive vaccines from countries that the United States and Britain are hostile to, such as China, Russia, and Cuba. China has normalized their social activities with their own vaccines. There is.

■ Lowest level Japan and Korea

The fact that the Suga administration has avoided a hard line stance on China and infuriated the Biden administration was explained in detail in the article "Biden's arrogance shown by the hamburger lunch  Truth of US-Japan relations " published on April 22 . The South Korean government also held a foreign affairs and defense ministers' meeting ( 2 + 2) with the United States in mid-March, refusing to criticize China and even mentioning the word China in a joint statement, showing its stance of giving maximum consideration to China.

Vaccination rates in both Japan and South Korea are extremely low.

According to the "Our World in Data" tabulation, as of April 22, 2021, 1.3% of people have taken the Japanese vaccine at least once. South Korea is only 4%. On the other hand, Israel has 62.1% , the United Arab Emirates 51.4%, the United Kingdom 49.2%, and the United States 40.6%. This is followed by European countries such as Canada, Hungary, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Among South America, where anti-American nations are prominent , Chile, which is the right-wing pro-American to regain power, is 31.5% higher than the United States.

Under these circumstances, the supply of vaccines to South Korea seems to have been suddenly braked since mid-March after 2 + 2, and less than 80,000 people have completed the necessary two vaccinations, and about 850,000 people in Japan. The water is greatly drained.

■ Japanese general election and corona vaccine

As expected, the Suga administration and the Liberal Democratic Party lost all three national elections on April 25 re-election of the Upper House Hiroshima election district, supplementary election of the Upper House Nagano election district, and supplementary election of the lower house Hokkaido 2nd district ).

For Prime Minister Suga and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, who have finished their visit to the United States, if the corona vaccine supply is delayed and the vaccination rate continues to be sluggish, the results of the general election to be held by this fall must be threatened.

It is possible that the Koike-new party boom, which raised the flags of the two major conservative parties in 2017, will return.

During this visit to the United States, Prime Minister Suga tried to meet directly with the CEO of Pfizer, a vaccine supplier in Washington, but was refused, and the failure to secure an additional supply caused great disappointment for Japanese voters. 

LDP executives Hirofumi Shimomura Rep. " Vaccinia to all the people you want completion of Vaccination inoculation become next spring," he said. The former minister, who is said to be the closest aide to former Prime Minister Abe, is shaking the Suga administration like an agent of the US administration. The Biden administration is urging the Japanese government to "unify Taiwan with the Senkaku Islands and clarify its stance to tackle the East China Sea issue and confront China." If this is accepted, the additional supply from Pfizer-BioN will surge.

 President Moon will  visit to the United States  by the end of May. And the Japanese Prime Minister just finished to visit to the United States. Anyway, Japan and Korea are being forced from the US administration to make  a clear shift  to a hard line stance toward China as a "stepping stone" of loyalty to the United States.

Japan is at a critical crossroads.