COVID-19 Pandemic: Japan Declares State of Emergency For Tokyo & Osaka Over Coronavirus

World | Associated Press | April 7, 2020, 3:32 pm
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 Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a month-long state of emergency on April 07 for Tokyo and six other prefectures to ramp up defences against the spread of the coronavirus as the number of infections surges. But the move came in the form of a stay-at-home request — not an order — and violators will not be penalized. (Image: AP)
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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a month-long state of emergency on April 07 for Tokyo and six other prefectures to ramp up defences against the spread of the coronavirus as the number of infections surges. But the move came in the form of a stay-at-home request — not an order — and violators will not be penalized. (Image: AP)

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 A pedestrian stops to watch news on TV as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declares a state of emergency in Tokyo. Abe declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures to ramp up defences against the spread of the coronavirus. (Image: AP)
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A pedestrian stops to watch news on TV as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declares a state of emergency in Tokyo. Abe declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures to ramp up defences against the spread of the coronavirus. (Image: AP)

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 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters at his prime minister's office in Tokyo. Abe said that he will declare a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures as early as Tuesday, April 7, to bolster measures to fight the coronavirus outbreak, but that there will be no hard lockdowns. (Image: AP)
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters at his prime minister's office in Tokyo. Abe said that he will declare a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures as early as Tuesday, April 7, to bolster measures to fight the coronavirus outbreak, but that there will be no hard lockdowns. (Image: AP)

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 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a meeting of the headquarters for measures against the coronavirus disease at the prime minister official residence in Tokyo, Japan. (Image: AP)
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a meeting of the headquarters for measures against the coronavirus disease at the prime minister official residence in Tokyo, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 People watch tv screen showing that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at the prime minister official residence, in Osaka, Japan. (Image: AP)
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People watch tv screen showing that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at the prime minister official residence, in Osaka, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a meeting of the headquarters for measures against the coronavirus disease at the prime minister official residence in Tokyo, Japan. (Image: AP)
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a meeting of the headquarters for measures against the coronavirus disease at the prime minister official residence in Tokyo, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 People watch tv screen showing that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at the prime minister official residence, in Osaka, Japan. (Image: AP)
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People watch tv screen showing that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at the prime minister official residence, in Osaka, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a meeting of the headquarters for measures against the coronavirus disease at the prime minister official residence in Tokyo, Japan. (Image: AP)
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a meeting of the headquarters for measures against the coronavirus disease at the prime minister official residence in Tokyo, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe takes off mask as he speaks to reporters at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. (Image: AP)
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe takes off mask as he speaks to reporters at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo. (Image: AP)

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 First-year pupils wearing face mask attend their entrance ceremony amid concern over the spread of coronavirus, at an elementary school in Sapporo, northern Japan. (Image: AP)
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First-year pupils wearing face mask attend their entrance ceremony amid concern over the spread of coronavirus, at an elementary school in Sapporo, northern Japan. (Image: AP)

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 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a meeting of the headquarters for measures against the coronavirus disease at the prime minister official residence in Tokyo, Japan. (Image: AP)
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a meeting of the headquarters for measures against the coronavirus disease at the prime minister official residence in Tokyo, Japan. (Image: AP)

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 Commuters ride a train in Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he will declare a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures as early as Tuesday to bolster measures to fight the coronavirus, but that there will be no hard lockdowns. (Image: AP)
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Commuters ride a train in Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he will declare a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures as early as Tuesday to bolster measures to fight the coronavirus, but that there will be no hard lockdowns. (Image: AP)

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