With the election just days away, Japan’s new prime minister Fumio Kishida has promised to increase hospital capacity by 20%. This follows the events of the summer during which hospitals were stretched to the breaking point and COVID patients were told by the government to recover at home.
That scandal partially cost the previous prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, his job. Suga’s lack of leadership and complete indifference to the rising coronavirus case, among other issues, led to a steady decrease in his popularity, and now Japan has a new prime minister.
It does raise the question whether the ruling Liberal Democratic Party will be reelected anyway. The LDP seemed like it could have been on its way to some big losses in the election, but with a new face slapped on the same old party, will it be enough for them to stay in power?
We will know by the end of the month. But it is interesting to note that it has taken this long for the government to act. The medical system began to collapse over the summer, and now in the fall we get an announcement. Can Japan afford much more of this so-called leadership?