Tokyo-Area Governors Seek Emergency Declaration by State

Politics Society

Tokyo, Jan. 2 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and the governors of three neighboring prefectures on Saturday requested the Japanese government to swiftly declare a state of emergency over the new coronavirus based on a special law aimed at dealing with the pandemic.

The governors of Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa made the request during a meeting in Tokyo with economic revitalization minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who is in charge of the government's coronavirus responses.

The move came as the COVID-19 outbreak in the Tokyo metropolitan area is showing no sign of abating.

"There is a need to drastically curb the flow of people at once," Koike told reporters after the meeting.

Explaining what was discussed at the meeting together with the four governors, Nishimura said, "We shared the view that we're in a severe situation where even a state of emergency declaration is a possibility."

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