Economic Revitalization Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura revealed at a meeting of the Upper House Committee on the Cabinet held on July 9 that the government is in the process of identifying points of debate with an eye on possible revisions to the special measures law on the new coronavirus. “With anti-infection measures being implemented, we must make efforts in a way to produce more effective results. That’s why we are in the process of selecting points of debate,” he said.
He raised the creation of a temporary medical facility based on the special measures law as a specific example and pointed out that “we should make changes to build such a facility in a more flexible fashion.” He noted that “to revise the law, legislative facts are needed (as a foundation for law-making), and we are currently discussing what facts are needed [to revise the law].”
With regards to the special measures law, he explained that “we received a request for revision from the National Governors’ Association” and indicated that he plans to hold discussions with the association in the future.