In order to combat the spread of the corona virus more effectively, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the extension of the state of emergency, which was previously limited to seven of the 47 regions of the Japanese archipelago, to the entire country.
Japan is stepping up measures to combat the coronavirus, although the number of cases has risen significantly since the end of March, threatening to overload hospitals. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Thursday 16 April that the state of emergency would be extended to the entire Japanese archipelago in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus in the country in the best possible way. At present, 263 people out of 11,135 cases in the country have died as a result of Covid-19 infection.
The Japanese state of emergency extends to the whole country, but it is so far not mandatory. Originally, this state of emergency was reserved for seven regions of the country, of which there are 47. Now all these regions are affected for at least a month. This enables the regional authorities to recommend to their inhabitants that they restrict their freedom of movement as much as possible and encourage certain companies to close down temporarily. Unlike in some European countries, however, there are no penalties for those who do not comply with these recommendations.
This extension is the result of a request from some prefectures. In Aichi, in the center of the country, or in Kyoto, in the west, requests have been made to include these regions in the state of emergency legislation. Similar measures were taken by the regions, but they had no legal basis. “If we restrict areas (in a state of emergency), people will move to neighboring regions”. – Japanese spokesperson Yoshihide Suga explained earlier, justifying the state of emergency throughout the country. In addition, the coming period is the Golden Week, from the end of April until the beginning, i.e. the time when the Japanese normally travel through the country en masse.