The government of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said the measures are needed to prevent an increase in infections in urban areas from spreading to small towns where medical systems are vulnerable. Suga called the situation “serious” and called on the people to cooperate, even though in Japan the demands are not binding and those who ignore them are not punished.
The governor of Tokyo has urged the country’s leading business organization to encourage employers to do more to promote remote working and reduce travel, as the government is calling for.
Japan has seen coronavirus infections and deaths roughly double over the past month to around 302,000 and 4,200 respectively. Tokyo alone reported 1,502 new cases on Thursday.
Yet despite the outbreak, Japan has reported far fewer infections than many countries its size.
Experts say people are not responding to emergency measures due to growing complacency.
Suga said he would demand a review of a law to allow his government to issue binding bonds …
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