Just three months away from the July Summer Olympics, which were postponed from a planned 2020 date because of COVID-19, Japan has declared a targeted state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures. Cases of COVID-19 have increased in parts of Japan in recent weeks.
Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga was in the United States meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House on April 16, 2021. At the presser, Suga remarked, “I told the President about my determination to realize the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer as a symbol of a global unity. President Biden once again expressed his support for this determination.
Japan is listening to and learning from WHO and experts, doing everything possible to contain infection and to realize safe and secure Games. From scientific and objective perspectives, we will do our utmost in our preparation.”
This most recent state of emergency for select parts of Japan will run from April 25 through May 11, 2021, and will be “short and intensive” according to Suga.