Tokyo court disrupted by hundreds of maskless anti-vaccines
Several hundred people without face masks caused a disruption at Tokyo District Court on Tuesday, ahead of a hearing in a case brought by plaintiffs opposed to COVID-19 vaccinations.
Judicial authorities rushed to implement anti-coronavirus measures after a long line of people formed at the security checkpoint ahead of the hearing, which was due to start at 1:30 p.m.
Photo taken on April 11, 2019, shows a court sign at the entrance to a building that houses the Tokyo district and the district courts in Tokyo’s Kasumigaseki district. (Kyodo) == Kyodo
The plaintiffs in this case are demanding that the government reverse the fast-track approval it gave to COVID-19 vaccines earlier this year. They are also opposed to the government’s plan to introduce vaccine passports, according to their website.
More than 60% of the Japanese population has been fully vaccinated since the government approved COVID-19 vaccines, including those developed by US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech SE.
Japan plans to use vaccine passports widely for commercial purposes as part of efforts to regularize long-stagnant social and economic activities due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In recent weeks, Tokyo has seen a sharp drop in COVID-19 cases with the rise in vaccinations since it hit a record 5,773 cases on August 13, days after the Olympics closed.
But people are still advised to wear face masks to prevent the spread of the virus.
People wearing face masks walk in Tokyo’s Shibuya district on September 28, 2021. (Kyodo)