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GOJ hesitant to present numerical criteria for reinstating state of emergency

  • May 29, 2020
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Asahi wrote the GOJ has chosen to not put forward quantitative benchmarks for reimposing the state of emergency over the coronavirus. The paper said that even though Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Nishimura has said that the GOJ would issue a second declaration without delay if necessary, the Abe administration appears reluctant to present the quantitative thresholds that would trigger a state of emergency. To justify this, the cabinet minister reportedly said: “Such figures could be taken out of context.” In declaring the state of emergency on April 7, the GOJ offered a set of numerical criteria, such as the cumulative rate of new cases in the preceding week of five per 100,000 people. Nishimura has indicated that when reinstating the state of emergency, the GOJ might take a “harder look” at the infection situation.

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