Is Tokyo heading for a coronavirus lockdown? Japan’s top government spokesman says no

People check out cherry blossoms, which have been blocked off because of the coronavirus pandemic, at Ueno Park in Tokyo, Monday, March 30, 2020. AKIFUMI ISHIKAWA/STARS AND STRIPES
People check out cherry blossoms, which have been blocked off because of the coronavirus pandemic, at Ueno Park in Tokyo, Monday, March 30, 2020. AKIFUMI ISHIKAWA/STARS AND STRIPES

Is Tokyo heading for a coronavirus lockdown? Japan’s top government spokesman says no

by Hana Kusumoto
Stars and Stripes

TOKYO — Japan has no plans to declare a state of emergency in April, despite rumors to the contrary, the country’s top spokesman said Monday.

Rumors spread on the internet say the Japanese government is seriously considering declaring a state of emergency, that it plans to make the announcement Wednesday and lock down Tokyo on Thursday.

“That is not true. I clearly deny it,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference.

Suga said that various requests by the government, such as shutting down schools, have inconvenienced the Japanese people but are necessary to avoid tougher measures.

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