LDP OKs Coronavirus Law Revision to Punish Noncompliant Businesses

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 18 (Jiji Press)--Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Monday approved a special coronavirus law amendment aimed at punishing noncompliant businesses under a state of emergency declared by the central government over the epidemic.

The bill stipulates administrative fines of up to 500,000 yen for businesses that do not follow prefectural governors' requests to suspend or shorten operations.

It also allows measures to be taken to prevent the virus from spreading widely even before the declaration of a state of emergency in order for authorities to deal more flexibly with the epidemic depending on infection situations.

Specifically, the prime minister will designate prefectures subject to the measures and set the period in which they are in place, and the governors of affected prefectures will be authorized to request and order businesses to change operating hours. Noncompliant operators will face administrative fines up to 300,000 yen. The governors will also be able to request citizens not to use such facilities, while the prime minister can issue instructions to governors who fail to take these measures.

In addition, the bill spells out that necessary measures should be implemented in an effective way to support establishments that shorten business hours or suspend operations as requested by governors.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

Jiji Press