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TOKYO: The governor of Tokyo, KOIKE Yuriko, attended her first press conference Friday after resting at home for about four weeks to recover following her hospitalization from severe fatigue.
Koike, 69, was discharged from the hospital on November 2.
At the press conference, the governor answered questions about various developments, including the release of pumice stones that occurred after a strong volcanic activity on the island of Miyakejima in the Izu’ archipelago located 1300 kilometers from Tokyo.
Koike also hinted at the measures and preparations the city would take following concerns about the arrival of the sixth wave of the pandemic.
She also mentioned the economic recovery measures with the lower alert level and the low number of contamination cases.
Currently, the vaccination rate for Tokyo residents over 12 years old is 81.6 percent of people who have received both doses.
The governor also mentioned a new incentive program for vaccinated people who can enjoy certain business benefits by presenting the QR code of their vaccination status on a dedicated app called Tokyo action.
Users of this application will benefit from the app at establishments certified by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Koike promoted a discussion event with Audrey Tan, Taiwan’s digital minister, and Japanese specialists on a sustainable city.
In December, the Governor of Tokyo will participate in an event with the women affairs minister, Seiko Noda, on the measures envisaged for parents to facilitate the development of their children by improving lifestyles compatible with their work.
Koike was asked by journalists about the attitude of assembly woman Fumiko Kinoshita who was involved in a car accident without possessing a driving license.
Kinoshita has refused to resign from her position, prompting Japanese citizens’ anger on social networks.
The governor of Tokyo hoped that Kinoshita would apologize to the Japanese for the harm suffered.