An unvaccinated 58-year-old man in the country’s largest city Auckland tested positive for the virus. The man had traveled to other parts of the country, and had no obvious link to the border, Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said Tuesday.
That a few days off in the middle of a heatwave would trigger such a domino effect highlights Japan’s obsession with gambaru, a virtually non-translatable concept that means doing one’s best and persevering through the hardest of times. Striding into his official residence after his latest hospital visit, Abe said: “I will return to work and try to gambaru.” The do-or-die mentality gambaru permeates Japanese society, where the pursuit of a goal can carry more significance than the outcome.
Inada, a nationalist who has visited Yasukuni, a controversial war shrine, and cast doubt on claims that the Japanese military forced Korean women into sexual slavery during the war, said the LDP should look to France, Germany and other countries with a better record on female representation in politics.
So far, the only woman to have run for the LDP leadership in its 65-year history was Yuriko Koike, who left the party after being elected governor of Tokyo in 2016.