Japan should impose Tokyo COVID-19 state of emergency quickly, say advisers

Japan's new Chief of Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato announces new cabinet members in Tokyo
FILE PHOTO: Japan's new Chief of Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato leaves after announcing new cabinet members at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

January 5, 2021

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan should issue a COVID-19 state of emergency in the Tokyo area as soon as possible, a panel of experts advising the government on coronavirus responses said on Tuesday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said earlier in the day the government was working toward deciding on Thursday whether to impose such an order in and around the capital.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Andrew Heavens)