Last tuesday, April 07, 2020, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency in seven prefectures of Japan including Tokyo and Osaka to fight against the rapid spreading coronavirus outbreak in Japan for the span of one month. Other prefecture includes,  Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Hyogo and Fukuoka. Tokyo has the highest count of confirmed cases among all the prefecture with 1196 as of April 07, 2020.

Japan Coronavirus Pandemic Outbreak

As of April 09, 2020, 01:29 GMT via https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/japan/

This state of emergency doesn’t mean lockdown like Italy and China did on their respective countries. Here is what Japan means declaring state of emergency in seven prefectures:

  1. Public transportation is operating as normal.
  2. Most state of emergency measures are requests and instructions and are not mandatory.
  3. Violators cannot be punished unless they fail to comply with orders related to storage or shipment of emergency relief goods and medical supplies.
  4. People in areas subject to the declaration will be asked to stay at home.
  5. Request closures of schools, some child and senior care or community centres, and stores and businesses that are considered nonessential.
  6. Advised organizers to cancel or postpone events.
  7. Land and buildings can be used without the consent of the owners for temporary medical facilities.
  8. Banks, grocery stores, postal services, pharmacies and utility companies, remain open.
  9. Private companies in the country cannot be forced to close.