Suga cancels trip to India, Philippines


Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has canceled plans to visit India and the Philippines during his country's extended holiday starting in late April amid a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, a senior government spokesman said on Wednesday.

Japan's government is considering a state of emergency for Tokyo and several other prefectures, while Indian data showed on Wednesday there had been 295,041 new infections nationwide overnight and 2,023 deaths, India's highest in the pandemic.

Asked about media reports that Suga's trip to the two countries has been cancelled, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said: "In order to take all possible coronavirus countermeasures, it has been decided Prime Minister Suga won't take any overseas trips during the Golden Week."

Japan and India are members of a group known as the Quad, which also includes the United States and Australia.

Quad leaders last month pledged to work to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region and to cooperate on maritime, cyber and economic security, issues vital to the four democracies in the face of challenges from China.

Suga's India trip would have enabled him to hold his first in-person summit meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Suga has already held face-to-face talks with two other leaders from the Quad - U.S. President Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

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Okay. How about Suga address the covid issue instead.

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No-one wants to go to India jabbed up or not.

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"In order to take all possible coronavirus countermeasures

Except cancelling the Olympics. Or speeding up vaccinations.

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Do it on ZOOM instead.

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The Ginza steakhouses have sighed a breath of relief.

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Ah Japan, where something that should be a natural consequence of rampant spreading of the pandemic is so surprising that it becomes news.

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Guess Modi and Duterte photo ops are not as valuable as pics with Joe B for Suga,s upcoming election campaign.

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Probably got scared of diplomacy after the embarrassment he received from Japan's top ally. Did Japan beg India and Philippines for a summit 24/7 just like that they did with US?

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Two Jet planes that would have spewed out pollution remain on the tarmac!

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Suga does not wish to antagonize the Xi any further by meeting with others opposed to expansion of China's territorial waters.

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Not as daft as you all thought he was, eh?

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Not sufficient trust in the received vaccine? But we shall trust it, of course. lol

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The virus is spreading rapidly in India now, and is essentially out of control, with multiple mutations all over the country. Up to 30% of people tested in Delhi are coming up positive. Deaths are beginning of sky to skyrocket. There is little testing going on and almost no social distancing. This after the Indian government had recently boasted they had beat the virus.

Replace India and Indian with Japan and Japanese and that is essentially the situation here in Japan.

No wonder Suga doesn't want to go. A reminder of the mess in his own country?

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No wonder Suga doesn't want to go. A reminder of the mess in his own country?

Japan even has its very own mutation, but we hardly ever get to hear about it. I wonder why.

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Why ? He is vaccinated and for sure they won’t ask him to eat a hamburger

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Yes! Japan is at the same level like India and the Philipines! They were brothers, at least the level of seriousness of Covid19!

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India........the color festival.......Hey Suga, how about you roll out the vax already?

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Japan could have easily stopped infected Chinese arriving but did not.

The fact that India is seeing more cases is due to high population density .

Suga must be acutely aware of Japan’s failings

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Given the international and national pandemic situation very understandable decision.

Moreover he can harden his stand on minimum wages by staying at home, which is opposed by even same party figures. It would make him a progressive among all the old school.

South Korean minimum wages are higher than hereabouts for example.

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