February 23rd According to a report by the Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK), Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiro Kan is going to negotiate with Yasuyu Nishimura, Minister of Economic Regeneration, Kenhisamu Tamura and others on February 24th to carefully judge whether the declaration of emergency affairs can expire on March 7.
Previously, some areas such as three prefectures and counties in Kansai were lifted ahead of schedule.
At present, less than two weeks before the expiration of the emergency declaration, 178 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were added in Tokyo on the 22nd, less than 200 after about three months.
However, the Japanese government believes that the health care system is still under heavy pressure.
At the same time, the governors of Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto, Kansai prefectures, which were also listed as the targets of the declaration of emergency affairs, believe that the number of confirmed cases and hospitalized cases of COVID-19 in the region is decreasing, and therefore said that they would urge the central government to lift the declaration ahead of time.
In addition, Hideaki Omura, Governor of Aichi Prefecture, has also begun to discuss with Governor of Gifu Prefecture on whether it is possible to lift the declaration within February.
In view of these trends, Yasuyu Nishimura, Minister of Economic Regeneration, is scheduled to hold a videoconference with the governors of three prefectures in Kansai on the 23rd, and exchange views with Governors of Aichi Prefecture, Ōmura and others.
According to the report, Kan Yiwei is going to negotiate with Nishimura and Tamura and others on the 24th on the declaration of emergency affairs.
Combined with the latest information such as the spread of the pandemic, he carefully judge whether the declaration can be lifted in advance in three prefectures in Kansai and Aichi, Gifu and other parts of the country.