Japan Stays Ready to Lift Nightlife Biz Closure Request Fri.

Politics

Tokyo, June 14 (Jiji Press)--Japanese economic revitalization minister Yasutoshi Nishimura suggested Sunday the government’s policy of lifting its business suspension request for nightlife establishments on Friday as planned, calmly responding to a spike in new cases of novel coronavirus infection in Tokyo.

In the Japanese capital, 47 people were newly found positive for the virus on Sunday, up sharply from 24 on Saturday and the most since May 5, when 57 people tested positive for the virus.

Noting that the surge came as a result of the start of group examinations for virus infection in the Kabukicho night entertainment district in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward, Nishimura, who is in charge of the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, told a press conference, “I want to think positively that progress is being made in the efforts to prevent secondary infections.”

The government “has no immediate plan” to change the policy of removing the business closure request on Friday for facilities including eating and drinking establishments with hospitality services, he said.

In an internet program on Sunday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggested that there is no need to overreact to the latest daily infection number in Tokyo. The sharp increase “resulted from intensive implementation of polymerase chain reaction tests at places where cluster infections are believed to have occurred,” he said.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

Jiji Press