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Japan Lifts State of Emergency

Japan Lifts State of Emergency

The state of emergency in Tokyo and three other prefectures will finally be lifted. A coronavirus advisory panel for the government has agreed to a plan to lift the state of emergency for the Tokyo area. The declaration, covering Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures, has been in place for over two months.

Japan’s Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, confirmed that the government will lift the state of emergency in four prefectures in the Tokyo area — including Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, and Saitama — on March 21 as planned.


The current state of emergency in Japan, due to the novel coronavirus, was declared by the Japanese government in Tokyo and the neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Kanagawa, and Chiba on January 8. The Japanese government then expanded the state of emergency to seven more prefectures on January 13.

The state of emergency was planned to end on February 7 but was extended until March 7 in Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Aichi, Fukuoka, Gifu, Saitama, Kanagawa, and Chiba prefectures. The state of emergency covered eight of Japan’s 10 most populous prefectures and over half of the nation’s population.

The state of emergency was then called off in six prefectures including Aichi, Gifu, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, and Fukuoka at the end of February.


Japanese Economic Revitalization Minister, Nishimura Yasutoshi, who is in charge of the country’s coronavirus response, said on Thursday morning, “The number of coronavirus infections has been on a slight increase, which means there could be another new outbreak. That’s why we have to take measures so there won’t be a major outbreak.”

The latest data for Tokyo shows cases reported during a seven-day period through Tuesday were 10 percent higher than the previous week. Even if the emergency order is lifted, the government will continue to ask restaurants and bars to close early, and companies to encourage remote work.

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Japan started its COVID-19 vaccination plan on February 17 and is currently prioritizing medical workers. The second phase of the plan will start on April 12 to include elderly people.

So long as we stay safe and smart, we’re nearing the end of the pandemic, people!

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