Japanese ministers pleaded for people to restrict their movements during the daytime, with the country set to expand the area under the coronavirus state of emergency beyond the Tokyo area.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he was considering a request from three prefectures in the Kansai region in western Japan to declare a state of emergency. Several other regions have either asked for an emergency or are considering doing so. Together with Tokyo and three nearby prefectures, that represents more than half the nation’s economy.
Although the emergency is intended to send a strong message in a country that can’t legally enforce the type of lockdowns seen in other nations, the move is yet to have the same level of impact on people’s behavior seen during the first declaration last spring.