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COVID-19: Japan's Government Asks Citizens To Continue To Self-Isolate
A state of emergency was officially declared in Japan on April 7, 2020, for about a month, but has been extended until March 31, 2020. Supermarkets, drugstores, and railway transportation operate as usual for now.
State of Emergency in Japan
On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe officially declared a national state of emergency. At first, only the prefectures of Tokyo, Osaka, Saitama, Kanagawa, Chiba, Hyogo, and Fukuoka were subject to this declaration, but it was then extended nationwide.
The state of emergency in these seven prefectures was supposed to last at least until May 6, 2020, the end of the Golden Week holiday. However, it has officially been extended to May 31, 2020.
Prime Minister Abe mentioned that the country is facing the biggest economical crisis since World War II, according to news agency Kyodo Tsushin.
Japan's population was officially asked to keep reducing social contact by 70 to 80 percent for about one more month. Just like in other countries affected by the spreading of COVID-19 infections, people who do go out should avoid crowded areas, practice social distancing, and wear masks to protect themselves and others.
The state of emergency authorizes the governors of each prefecture to request residents to avoid going out except for essential tasks such as grocery shopping and medical care. Shops, company offices, and other businesses can be requested by prefectural governments to implement infection control measures.
Supermarkets, convenience stores, drugstores, banks, and post offices will continue to operate, although post offices will have shorter business hours. The state of emergency does not affect delivery services.
Public transportation, as well as domestic flights and airports, will operate as usual for now.
If you reside in Japan or are here traveling, please follow the guidelines offered by your local prefectural government. If you are in one of the seven prefectures subject to the state of emergency, please stay inside as much as possible and avoid going out unnecessarily.
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Written by Chiara Mischke