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  • April 21, 2021
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Broadcasters led with reports on the GOJ’s deliberations on whether to declare a fresh state of emergency to contain the spread of the new coronavirus in Osaka, Tokyo, and Hyogo (NHK, Fuji TV), the first day in Yokohama after Kanagawa was placed under a quasi-state of emergency (NTV), Tokyo’s intention to ask the GOJ to put the capital back under a state of emergency by the end of this week (TBS), and Osaka’s request to be placed under a state of emergency (TV Asahi). 

 

Top stories in national dailies included a GOJ plan to swiftly make a decision on Osaka’s request to be put under a state of emergency and Tokyo’s plan to request that it also be placed under a state of emergency (Asahi, Mainichi, Nikkei), a GOJ plan to provide financial assistance to hospitals that accept COVID-19 patients (Yomiuri), and a behind-the-scenes story on the reference to Taiwan in the U.S.-Japan joint statement issued after the summit last week (Sankei). 

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