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  • September 3, 2021
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Broadcasters led with reports on the number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients in Japan reaching a record high of 2,158, the finding that people under 20 accounted for about 22% of new cases confirmed between Aug. 25 and 31 (NHK), Chiba City’s request to the organizer of an outdoor music festival to postpone the event on account of the spread of COVID-19 (NTV), a record number of people being hospitalized for COVID-19 in Tokyo (TBS), the Mu variant of COVID-19 (Fuji TV), and dangerous jet skiers in Akasahi, Hyogo (TV Asahi). 


Top stories in national dailies included Prime Minister Suga’s expression of his intention to run in the LDP leadership race (Asahi, Sankei), survey results showing that the governments of 34 prefectures have only provided limited information about COVID-19 patients recuperating at home on account of personal data protection (Yomiuri), a GOJ plan to allow restaurants to serve alcohol in areas under the COVID-19 state of emergency starting in October or November when vaccination is expected to be almost completed (Mainichi), and excessive funding requests made for at least 30 government projects since FY2015 (Nikkei). 

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