Policy of lifting the declaration of emergency in The Metropolitan Area, Tokyo, and Hokkaido on May 23, 4:16
For three prefectures and Hokkaido in the Tokyo metropolitan area, where emergency declarations are continuing, the government plans to lift the declaration on The 25th if the number of people infected continues to decline. In the event of a full-scale lifting, we would like to show our thinking toward the resumption of socio-economic activity and work with each governor to speed up the economic recovery.
Over the declaration of an emergency based on the Special Measures Act for the Corona Virus Virus Protection Act, the government has decided to determine whether it can be lifted in Tokyo and other metropolitan prefectures and Hokkaido, after listening to the opinions of experts.
Tokyo has three new infected people on the 22nd, falling below the standard of “less than 0.5 people per 100,000 new people in the last week,” while Kanagawa and Hokkaido still exceed the standard.
However, Mr. Nishimura, minister for economic revitalization, acknowledged that it would be possible to lift the declaration if the current situation continued, saying that the number of people infected was decreasing and the medical provision system was improving, and government officials said, “I think we can cancel it if we do not increase the number of infected people this weekend.”
When the declaration is lifted entirely, the government will demonstrate its thinking toward the resumption of socio-economic activities, such as large-scale events that have been required to refrain from self-imposed control, movement across prefectures, and the state of tourism promotion, as well as measures to support restaurants.
In light of the fact that local governments, such as Tokyo and Kanagawa, have announced a series of policies to ease requests for future leave, we would like to urgently work closely with each governor to speed up the economic recovery after the release of the declaration.