ESRI Discussion Paper Series No.371 Trust in Governments promotes vaccination

Susumu Kuwahara
Economic and Social Research Institute, Cabinet Office, Japan
Yasuyuki Muradate
Economic and Social Research Institute, Cabinet Office, Japan
Takashi Oshio
Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Japan


At the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world, including Japan, faced the challenge of developing, producing, and inoculating people with completely new vaccines as quickly as possible. In this context, there have been several previous studies on the important role of trust in government and other entities in promoting vaccination, which attracted attention as a social consciousness that holds the key to the large-scale and rapid vaccination. Using a survey on satisfaction conducted by the Cabinet Office and a survey on lifestyle and behavioral changes after the coronary disaster conducted by Hitotsubashi University, this study confirmed that in Japan, satisfaction with trustworthiness regarding the government and other factors promoted vaccination in the current pandemic.