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  • April 20, 2020
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NHK and Fuji TV gave top play to reports that an earthquake with a seismic intensity of 4 hit Iwate and Miyagi prefectures early this morning. NTV led with a report that 107 additional cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Tokyo on Sunday, saying that the number of cases confirmed in Tokyo has increased by 1,000 over the last seven days. TBS and TV Asahi gave top play to reports that the number of COVID-19 patients in Tokyo has now surpassed 3,000.

 

Top stories in national dailies included the GOJ’s decision to allow local governments to use its extraordinary grants to compensate local businesses for suspending their operations (Yomiuri), privacy concerns over the use of smartphone location data to track COVID-19 infection routes (Asahi), a Japanese doctor’s account of his experiences in New York during the coronavirus pandemic (Mainichi), an increase in production of the anti-flu drug Avigan (Sankei), and various countries’ measures to maintain their employment rates amid the shrinking economy (Nikkei).

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