U.S. and global stock market indexes have been trading at near record-highs as a slew of big government stimulus packages and optimism over fast and effective vaccine rollouts raise hopes that life should return to normal sooner rather than later.

With vaccinations for people for age 65 and over finally set to start in Japan from April 12, is the country on course to quickly get its economy back to pre-pandemic levels?

Vaccines, which have proven effective in preventing COVID-19 in those without prior infections and sharply cutting the number of serious cases and deaths, are likely to hold the key.