Dear Mr Abe,
Thank you for all your careful consideration in this time of great fear and confusion caused by the Wuhan Corona virus. We are praying for you and that Almighty God will give you special wisdom and direction to make good decisions as you represent the people of our nation.
We know there is unfortunately life lost due to this highly contagious sickness around the world. Fortunately, Japan has very few deaths compared to other nations. Like any executive, we recommend you do not give in to the fear mongers and make decisions based on emotions instead of common sense and fact. The world is in great confusion as fear tends to overpower logic with decisions that destroy the economy which is especially the small medium business community. The negative people seem to be getting all of the attention.
Please do not give in to the media hype that is pushing for extending the state of emergency in Japan. Even within our CEO network there are some different opinions. Having a state of emergency through Golden Week is long enough. Another extension will completely decimate the lives of millions of businesses, families and workers.
The Wuhan Corona virus is bad but when you look at the actual deaths, it doesn’t actually compare to the 3400 people who have lost their lives to influenzas in the 2018/2019 season or even those who choke on ‘mochi’ rice cake each year in Japan. Let’s take the Commonsense model, if someone is sick, stay home. Rest and get well. In addition, the people who have preexisting health conditions should manage themselves and just be extra careful. Those who are well should be encouraged to work so they can enjoy life with their families.
We can no longer let our economy be idled by fear and creating meaningless statistics.
Please be bold and be strong! Let’s bring Japan back to full force.
Chairman, CEO Group Network