The vaccine rollout continues around the world. Japanese authorities will pay a bereaved family 44.2 million yen, if one of them dies after taking the Covid-19 jab.
The lump-sum is the equivalent to around £295,350. It is the highest amount that the Japanese government could pay out following a bad reaction to the Coronavirus jab.
In the case of a long-term disability that needs care after the jab, families may also receive a 5,056,800 yen (£33,700) annual payment.
A payment would be made to contribute to any funeral costs if the death followed the Covid vaccine. They would contribute up to 209,000 yen (£1395).
Japan’s Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare, Norihisa Tamura, explained the compensation policy to the House of Representatives Budget Committee this week.
Japan only recently started vaccinating against Covid, even though they still have high cases. There is an apparent reluctance in Japanese culture to accept such jabs due to fear of death or illness.
Despite the fear of jabs, the use of face masks in Japan have long been used for years before Covid, due to pollution and to try to prevent picking up illness.
Because of this reliance on masks, it means even things like the flu jab is also low. Around 50 per cent of the population year-on-year have accepted the flu jab.
Japan is following a similar path to the rest of the world with the vaccine rollout. They are staggering it to medical staff and frontline carers, the elderly, those with health conditions. Younger and less vulnerable people will be given the vaccine at a later date.
Many are asking how the payout is decided. Reportedly the criteria aren’t that strict. The compensation doesn’t depend on whether the negligence was down to medical staff or the vaccine producer.
So far to date, courts have been favouring the victims in any settlements.
These payouts around vaccines is reportedly making Japanese companies wary of producing vaccines for this very reason. There are currently no Japanese Covid vaccines in use.
Many of the public in Japan aren’t actually aware of the vaccine compensation policy, leading some to suggest that it might designed to persuade Japanese companies to produce vaccines by reducing their liability if anything goes wrong.
Japan also appointed a “Minister of Loneliness” this month after the country’s suicide rate rose for the first time in 11 years.
Loneliness and social isolation has become a real issue in Japan and the rising suicide rates has prompted action.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has therefore appointed Tetsushi Sakamoto to oversee government policy regarding loneliness and isolation.
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