JAPAN'S STATE OF EMERGENCY IS NO LOCKDOWN. WHAT'S IN IT?
AppleMagazine|April 10, 2020
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other hardhit Japanese prefectures to fortify the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.
But this is no European or Wuhan-style lockdown. A look at what Japan’s state of emergency entails:

Q. WHY DID ABE DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY?

A. Abe was facing heavy pressure to declare a state of emergency after the number of new cases in Tokyo began doubling every several days in late March. The city of 14 million had 1,339 cases as of Wednesday, up from about 600 a week earlier. Japan focused on dealing with clusters of infections and selective testing for the virus, a strategy that has failed to curb its spread.

Experts found that one-third of Tokyo’s recent cases were linked to hostess clubs and other night entertainment districts where cluster tracing is difficult. Meanwhile, compliance with calls for working remotely and other social distancing has been weak.

Q. IS ALL OF JAPAN AFFECTED?

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