Japan Won’t Hesitate to Declare Emergency if Needed: Nishimura

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Japan will not hesitate to declare a state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic if there is any sign of an explosive spike in infections, Japan’s Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said.

“We’ve been saying that we are on the brink of the brink, but it’s becoming a very tense situation,” Nishimura said during a Fuji Television broadcast Sunday. “Nationwide rampancy of virus infections is really approaching just right now.”

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has come under increasing pressure to declare a state of emergency to contain the spread of Covid-19. Tokyo reported more than 110 new coronavirus cases Saturday, the first time the daily toll of confirmed infections has exceeded 100, national broadcaster NHKreported. The were 336 new cases nationwide, the health ministry said.

Hiroshi Mikitani, founder of Japan’s e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc., on Fridayjoined the call for Abe to declare a state of emergency. The prime ministertold parliament Friday that the situation didn’t yet warrant an emergency declaration, but said he wouldn’t hesitate to do so when the time comes.

— With assistance by Issei Hazama

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