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GOJ likely to cancel 3/11 memorial ceremony

  • March 4, 2020
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All national dailies wrote that the GOJ is making final arrangements to cancel its annual national memorial ceremony for the victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake on account of the COVID-19 outbreak. The ceremony has been held annually in Tokyo on March 11 for the past nine years with the participation of about 1,000 guests, including the Emperor and Empress, the families of victims, and political and other leaders. The papers wrote that the GOJ had been considering holding the ceremony on a smaller scale or while taking measures to protect participants from infection, but Prime Minister Abe requested last week that large-scale sports or cultural events be canceled, postponed, or downsized in response to the spread of the virus in Japan. Nikkei speculated that the GOJ will make a final decision at a cabinet meeting on Friday.

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