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Japan Has Lifted State of Emergency

Last Monday, the 25th of May, the Japanese government lifted the state of emergency in the last five, including Tokyo prefecture, of Japan’s 47 prefectures.

Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko has thanked the people in the greater Tokyo area but urge them to remain cautious. Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has said that the lift has showed the strength of what he called "the Japan model", the stay-at-home policies without threat of penalties.

Furthermore, Abe said that "Our businesses and daily routines will be completely disrupted if we continue with strict curbs on social and economic activity," therefor will seek to create what he calls a “new normal” in Japan.

Post-emergency roadmap in three phases

Last Friday, the 22nd of May, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced its plan to restart the economy once the city's state of emergency had been lifted.

The TMG has created a post-emergency roadmap, divided into three phases, toward a complete resumption of the economy. As the state of emergency has been lifted, Japan has now entered phase 1 of the 3 phases, which encompasses that restrictions are eased on museums and libraries, and indoor sports facilities and national training centers will reopen. Restaurants and bars can stay open until 10 p.m. (They currently close at 8 p.m.). Please follow the NHK link for more information on the three phases.

The government will conduct a status assessment every two weeks to decide whether the city can enter the next phase in the roadmap. To progress, some of the points are that there must be fewer than 20 daily infections on average during a week.


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