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PM Abe says state of emergency may be extended depending on experts’ opinions

  • April 8, 2020
  • , Nikkei , p. 6
  • JMH Translation

On a TV Tokyo program broadcast on the evening of April 7, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the state of emergency will be extended beyond May 6 “if experts decide that the situation has not been resolved at that point.” Abe emphasized that “the situation may be resolved [by May 6] if contact [among people] can be reduced by 80%” through such measures as staying home in the evenings.

 

Abe said that the emergency declaration will “restrict private rights” and that he had not wished to declare an emergency if there were no need. Abe said that “misunderstandings regarding a lockdown” first needed to be changed and that he has worked hard on these issues since last week.

 

Abe discussed his intent to consider implementation of drive-through PCR testing for the new coronavirus. He pointed out that Japan “should not depend on just one country” for masks and other necessities, thus displaying an eagerness to review procurement sources.

 

Abe said that if the fiscal 2020 supplementary budget proposal is approved in the latter half of April, he would like to have the cash disbursements to households experiencing a dramatic drop in income distributed “within May.”

 

Abe said it will be possible to provide the subsidies to small and mid-sized companies “at an early stage,” explaining that he would like to make the procedures “as easy as possible.”

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