• Jiji, Kyodo

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Japan is approaching its target of averaging 1 million COVID-19 booster shots per day after local governments were pushed to redouble their efforts.

In order to achieve the target, set by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the Prime Minister’s Office is using a carrot-and-stick approach to urge local governments to accelerate their vaccine rollouts. A local government official expressed frustration with the central government, saying that it is “passing the buck” to local governments.

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