January 6 According to a report by Japan’s Oriental News on the 5th, due to the continuous deterioration of the coronavirus epidemic, the Japanese government is planning to amend the law to impose mandatory penalties on people or facilities that refuse to cooperate with epidemic prevention regulations.
According to the report, when the first wave of epidemic occurred in Japan in early April 2020, it had been implemented from Tokyo and other places for nearly 50 days of “emergency declaration”, requiring schools to close, commercial facilities to close, and people to avoid going out as much as possible.
However, the vast majority of restrictions remain at the level of “call” and “demand”, that is, if the people do not cooperate, the government does not have mandatory penalties.
However, recently, the epidemic situation in Japan has become more and more serious.
Although the government has basically determined to implement the “emergency declaration” in Tokyo and three surrounding counties, the measures are still not mandatory.
In order to improve the effectiveness of the epidemic prevention policy, the Japanese government is considering amending the special measures law on coronavirus countermeasures, which is the legal basis of the epidemic prevention policy, so that the government has the right to impose fines on enterprises and individuals who refuse to cooperate.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiro Kan previously said that the bill would be introduced in the parliament that began in January.
It is also reported that Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiro Kan said at a meeting on January 5th local time that after listening to the opinions of epidemic prevention experts on the 7th, he will officially decide how to “implement the emergency declaration” in Japan’s capital circle (Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures).
It is said that the restrictions of this “emergency declaration” will focus on the catering industry, including requiring restaurants to shorten their business hours to 8 p.m.
and calling on people to avoid going out after 8 p.m.