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Cabinet minister, Osaka governor trade barbs over “exit strategy”

  • May 8, 2020
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All national dailies reported that Osaka Governor Yoshimura engaged in a Twitter dispute with Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Nishimura over the criteria for lifting the COVID-19 state of emergency. The cabinet member reportedly took issue with the Osaka leader’s remarks that the central government needs to come up with an “exit strategy.” When announcing guidelines on Tuesday for phasing out his requests for local businesses to suspend operations, the governor said he drafted an exit strategy because the central government has not done so. Nishimura voiced “strong displeasure” with Yoshimura’s reference to an “exit strategy” by saying that the governor does not understand the division of labor between the central and local governments. The two politicians reportedly mended fences on Thursday following another exchange of tweets criticizing each other.  

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