As expected, the Japanese government on Thursday declared a state of emergency for Tokyo due to a resurgent coronavirus outbreak. Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide made the announcement at a press conference in the evening. He explained that the decree would apply for one month from January 7 in the Japanese capital and three neighboring regions of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa.
It was the second state to declare a state of emergency in early April, which was enforced across the country and lasted until the end of May.
Instead of closing the blankets, businesses from department stores to restaurants, bars and movie theaters called for reducing their opening hours and keeping doors closed until 8 p.m. Consent is voluntary due to restrictions on strict measures in the Japanese constitution, but most businesses are expected to join.
Toho Cinema and other major exhibitions have already announced that they will only be selling one-day tickets starting Friday. They still officially announce the short term
In recent weeks, the number of coronavirus infections in and around Tokyo has increased, reaching a daily record of 2,477 for Tokyo alone.
Speaking at a press event today for the Shochiku-distributed psycho-horror film “The Night Beyond Turner Window”, star Okada Masaki said: “In this situation, I can’t tell people to come to a theater and see the film.” Shot in January last year, the film will open on January 22nd.