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Abe dismisses need to declare state of emergency at this stage

  • April 2, 2020
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All national dailies wrote that Prime Minister Abe said at an Upper House Audit Committee meeting on Wednesday that now is not the time to declare a state of emergency in response to the new coronavirus pandemic while describing the current situation as “a national calamity that Japan has not experienced since the end of WWII.” Abe added that there may be a misunderstanding about what Japan can do under a state of emergency, saying that the nation would not be able to enforce a lockdown in the manner seen in France because Japan’s legal system for emergencies does not grant powers on par with those of European countries.

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