Spreading COVID-19 infections among aides to Kishida raise caution

Japan Today | Aug 4, 2022 at 12:23 AM
  • Resurging COVID-19 has hit many close aides to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, raising concern about day-to-day operations and the risk of him getting infected.
  • With Japan grappling with its seventh wave of coronavirus infections, top government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno, the public face of the administration who is responsible for crisis management, tested positive for COVID-19 on July 23 and isolated at home until he resumed in-person work on Tuesday.
  • Three of the eight executive secretaries to Kishida, who are in charge of the prime minister’s daily schedule and policy coordination on key issues, have also tested positive in recent days.