Press Conference:
"Preventing a medical system meltdown in Tokyo amid a fresh COVID-19 spike"
Haruo Ozaki
Chairman of Tokyo Medical Association

Friday, December 04, 2020, 15:00 - 16:00

With novel coronavirus infections surging to new highs across Japan, the government has heeded medical advice to downscale its "Go To" campaign designed to provide discount and bonus incentives for domestic tourism with the aim of reviving the pandemic-hit economy.

When the daily total of new cases topped 2,000 nationwide for the first time on November 18, the Japan Medical Association maintained that "Go To" had given "impetus to the sudden spread." Next day, total infections in Tokyo leaped to a daily record 500 and the Tokyo Medical Association pleaded for a halt to the program – at least in hard-hit areas – to stave off further crisis.

At this writing, the government has only requested provincial governors to reconsider the program in their jurisdictions. Accordingly, "Go To" incentives for visitors to Osaka and Sapporo have been suspended for three weeks. But another hot spot, Tokyo, has snubbed this request and requested eating, drinking and karaoke establishments to close early for 20 days.

The FCCJ has invited Tokyo Medical Association chairman Haruo Ozaki to speak on the COVID-19 measures as fears rise that the pandemic will spike even higher over the winter months. Ozaki, who pushed the government to enforce a pandemic-related "state of emergency" back in the spring, has warned that without effective preventive measures new infections in the capital could go over 1,000 a day by late December, in which case "Tokyo's medical system won't hold up."

How to attend:

Please register at with your name, name of media outlet, FCCJ membership number. Due to space restrictions, please note there will be a limited number of reservations to attend. Doors open at 14:15. Please sign in your name and contact details at the reception with your own pen and to have your temperature taken before proceeding.

How to watch online:

Livestreaming of the press events will be available and video of this event will be uploaded to our FCCJ YouTube channel.

How to ask questions:

Members watching the event online can submit questions for the speakers in advance using this submission form (English only).

TV crew: Please make a reservation at Door open for TV crews only at 12:15. There will be five positions available for livestreaming.                                               

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