Facing the surge of the coronavirus, the Japanese government announced a new state of emergency in Tokyo and three other prefectures on Friday. These measures will be stricter than in January.
The Japanese government announced on Friday, April 23, that in a state of emergency in Tokyo and three other Japanese provinces, three months before the start of the Olympic Games (Olympics) originally scheduled for the Japanese capital, Japan is facing a sharp increase there. Coronavirus. “Today, we decided to declare Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo prefectures as a state of emergency”Japanese Prime Minister Hoshihide Suga announced that he was referring to the increase in new infections.
These measures will be stricter than the previous state of emergency implemented in parts of the country in January, and will remain much lighter than the embargoes enacted in other parts of the world for more than a year. Drinking places (restaurants, bars, karaoke, etc.) must close their doors, shopping centers and department stores from this Sunday to May 11 (inclusive).
“We have a strong sense of crisisThe Japanese Minister in charge of anti-virus work in Japan, said Yasutoshi Nishimura. Unless we take stronger actions than we have so far, we will not be able to contain the highly contagious variants. “
For local media, these measures coincide with the “Golden Week” holiday (a year when Japanese people usually travel frequently every year) and may involve suspension of certain train and bus lines to restrict travel.
The county government may also prohibit spectators from entering sports events, but officials insist that emergency measures will not affect the organization of the Tokyo Olympics.