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  • March 22, 2021
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Broadcasters led with reports on the GOJ’s plan to take all-out measures to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 following the lifting of the state of emergency for the Tokyo region yesterday (NHK), people’s expectations and concerns about the lifting of the state of emergency (NTV), crowds of tourists in Hakone on Sunday (TBS), and the stormy weather across Japan yesterday (Fuji TV, TV Asahi). 

 

Main front-page items in national dailies included a report saying many prefectural governments underestimated the number of patients requiring hospitalization ahead of the third wave of COVID-19 in the fall, data compiled by the Transportation Ministry showing a modest decline in the number of train commuters on weekdays during the second COVID-19 state of emergency that was lifted yesterday, the prolonged suspension of a plant operated by the nation’s second largest semiconductor producer due to a fire on Friday, and the  halt of patrol operations by a Japan Coast Guard cutter in the vicinity of the Senkakus in January because the vessel was no longer seaworthy. 

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