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Abe calls COVID-19 pandemic “World War III”

Asahi reported that according to freelance political journalist Soichiro Tahara, Prime Minister Abe told him recently that the coronavirus outbreak is “World War III.” The reporter quoted Abe as saying: “I used to think WWIII would be a nuclear war, but I now believe this pandemic is WWIII.” The Japanese leader also reportedly disclosed to Tahara that most of his cabinet members voiced opposition when he declared a state of emergency covering seven prefectures on April 7 on account of the adverse impact it would have on the Japanese economy. Abe allegedly said these ministers’ “peacetime mindset” is not appropriate for waging war against an emerging virus.    

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