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GOJ to expand quasi-state of emergency measures to 11 more prefectures

  • January 18, 2022
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All national dailies gave top play to reports that the GOJ is planning to place Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Aichi, Gifu, Mie, Niigata, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, and Miyazaki under quasi-state of emergency measures allowing governors to request restaurants and other business operators to shorten their business hours. The GOJ is expected to make a formal decision on the matter on Wednesday. The papers said the measures will go into effect as early as Friday and remain in place for about three weeks until Feb. 13. The papers added that the total number of prefectures to be placed under quasi-state of emergency measures will reach 14, including Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, and Okinawa, which have been under the measures since Jan. 9.

 

Nikkei wrote that this is the first time for the Tokyo and its neighboring prefectures to be placed under restrictive measures since the end of September when the state of emergency measures were lifted. The paper added that depending on the Omicron infection situation, more prefectures may be placed under the measures. Prime Minister Kishida reportedly said on a TV-Tokyo program on Monday: “Although the impact on the economy is worrisome, it would take time for society to recover if the healthcare system were to become strained.”

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