Japan’s prime minister says he’ll declare monthlong state of emergency as coronavirus cases climb

The National Diet Building in central Tokyo is pictured on Thursday, April 2, 2020. AKIFUMI ISHIKAWA/STARS AND STRIPES
The National Diet Building in central Tokyo is pictured on Thursday, April 2, 2020. AKIFUMI ISHIKAWA/STARS AND STRIPES

Japan’s prime minister says he’ll declare monthlong state of emergency as coronavirus cases climb

by Seth Robson and Hana Kusumoto
Stars and Stripes

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan said Monday he will declare a monthlong state of emergency for several prefectures amid a surge of coronavirus cases in the nation’s capital.

Abe said he could make the declaration as soon as Tuesday. The state of emergency will cover Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka prefectures, he told reporters. Tokyo and Kanagawa are home to several U.S. military installations, including Yokota Air Base, Yokosuka Naval Base, Naval Air Facility Atsugi and Camp Zama.

During a meeting Monday evening at Japan’s coronavirus response headquarters in Tokyo, Abe said he will “thoroughly explain the contents of the measure” along with how he expects residents to cooperate when the declaration is announced.

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