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GOJ cautious about legislation on city lockdown 

  • August 19, 2021
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri reported on the gap between the Suga administration and public health experts, the opposition bloc, and the prefectural governors over how to combat the novel coronavirus, noting that the GOJ is hesitant to heed the latter group’s call for legislating a lockdown. Prime Minister Suga, Health Minister Tamura, and other senior officials have voiced reluctance by citing difficulties in enlisting public understanding for such legislation, which they stress will significantly restrict civil liberties. Suga has noted that the situations in other countries have shown that vaccination is the “decisive factor” in combating the virus and not city lockdowns. 

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