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  • February 10, 2021
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Broadcasters led with reports on the growing view within the GOJ that lifting the COVID-19 state of emergency for prefectures in the Tokyo and Kansai areas at this point would be difficult in view of the infection situations there (NHK), a statement issued by the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday that Mori’s remarks on women were “absolutely inappropriate” (NTV, TV Asahi), the Osaka government’s decision yesterday to forgo asking the GOJ to lift the state of emergency for the prefecture (TBS), and the finding that 13 additional people tested positive for UK and South African variants of COVID-19 (Fuji TV). 

 

Main front-page items in national papers included the Justice Ministry’s plan to revise a Civil Code provision on paternity, a WHO team’s tentative conclusion that it is “extremely unlikely” that the coronavirus leaked from a lab in Wuhan, the ongoing rallies in Burma to protest the military coup, and the likelihood that the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination plan will run into difficulties due to a problem with syringes.   

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