Worry, Criticism Abound as Suga Hints at Emergency for Tokyo

Kyodo file photo of Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Reactions were mixed following Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s suggestion Monday that the government may soon declare a state of emergency over the coronavirus in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures, following an unabated rise in infections over the New Year holidays.

Some criticized the government for being too slow, while others worried that the second such declaration would bring further economic loss.

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