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Many foreigners who do not have proper residency qualifications live or work in crowded places under high risk of infection. If they can get vaccinated with peace of mind, their lives will be protected and the spread of infection in Japanese society will be controlled. Vaccination and policing should be separated.

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Kokushikan University Prof Eriko Suzuki, who specializes in policies on foreigners. The health ministry has told prefectures that if they vaccinate foreign nationals whom they find have been staying in Japan illegally, they do not need to report the fact to immigration authorities.

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And we all know what kind of “cash” businesses are utilizing those persons that came here under one status and are now, here “illegally” after pursuing more “lucrative vocations”. So, of course, in Japan, exceptions should be made to just turn a blind eye regarding certain “staff” and “service workers”.

“The health ministry has told prefectures that if they vaccinate foreign nationals whom they find have been staying in Japan illegally, they do not need to report the fact to immigration authorities.” -

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Bang on.

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Seems a bit stigmatizing, to blame all the few remaining infection cases on these poor people. Or all those astonishing low numbers are wrong. Make your guess… lol

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Seems a bit stigmatizing, to blame all the few remaining infection cases on these poor people. Or all those astonishing low numbers are wrong. Make your guess… lol

exactly. they want their cake and to eat it too

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Spread of infection will be controlled if only the foreigners can get vaccinated and peace of mind? His heart may be in the right place, but he's inadvertently placing the lion's share of the blame on spread for the few foreigners who live and study here but are not regular residents.

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Vaccines don't prevent the spread of the virus, they mitigate symptoms. "The spread of infection in Japanese society will be controlled." is anti-science.

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Prof. Suzuki is correct in that vaccination should matter more than immigration control. However, vaccination just reduces the chance of being seriously ill. Covid will only go when it has passed though all available hosts, like similar flu viruses. Lockdowns suppress this and prolong the presence of the virus. We needed to get the vaccines/tablets out globally, quickly, and then allow Covid to let rip through populations as quickly as possible, celebrating high case numbers. Fearing case numbers when we have the meds, means endlessly prolonging Covid and yo-yoing in and out of lockdown.

-they do not need to report the fact to immigration authorities.

But they probably will.

Most people in these situations, globally, believe that vaccination is intended to be a form of policing. Sadly, in many countries, they may be right. The countries that have turned a blind eye to residency status and handed out vaccines, no questions asked, are doing it right.

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Geeter- right on the money.

This professor is spreading false narratives to promote vaccines.

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GBR48- agree, but young and healthy need not risk the vax as they won’t become seriously ill.

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No. Their population is relatively too small.

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