Japan extends new state of emergency to seven more prefectures
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga confirmed that the government has expanded the state of emergency to seven more prefectures: Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Aichi, Fukuoka, Gifu and Tochigi, in response to the worrying recent increase in new positive COVID cases. -19. The state of emergency had already begun in Tokyo and the neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba on January 8, and is scheduled to last until February 7.
Now, the new state of emergency covers eight of the ten most populous prefectures in Japan, which means more than half of the population of the Japanese country. Suga also confirmed that the government has decided to close the borders and suspend any entry of foreigners to their lands. The government had already denied entry to foreigners from most countries last month due to the spread of a new variant plus infections of the virus that causes COVID-19. However, last month's denial of entry did not apply to business visitors from China and nine other Asian countries.
Thus, Japan has now also denied entry to all visitors from these countries, except for special reasons, such as funerals or the birth of a relative. It is worth mentioning that the Ghibli Museum announced in parallel that its reopening, scheduled for next January 15, will be temporarily delayed until January 22. Tickets will go on sale a week in advance, on January 15, however, this decision is taken as the watershed for possible future postponements in all industries in Japan.