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COVID-19 - State Of Emergency In Japan Extended Nationwide
The state of emergency in Japan has been extended nationwide on April 16, 2020. Prefectural authorities ask citizens to practice social distancing and refrain from going out except for essential businesses.
On April 16, 2020, the state of emergency declared due to the COVID-19 outbreaks was extended to encompass Japan as a whole.
Initially, a state of emergency was declared for seven prefectures including Tokyo on April 7, 2020. However, due to the constant increase in the number of new infections, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a nationwide state of emergency.
This measure is a response to the request of prefectures like Aichi and Kyoto who asked to be included taking into account the high number of infections they register every day. This way, the authorities can strengthen the measures for social distancing and demand businesses to close.
Hokkaido Prefecture, which declared the state of emergency as early as February 2020, has already extended its demands of social distancing and businesses being closed until May 6, 2020, at the beginning of this week.
The Japan-wide state of emergency is supposed to last until May 6, 2020, which is the end of the Golden Week.
Written by Chiara Mischke