Abe says no need yet for emergency declaration; Tokyo Olympics still on – Japan Today
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday night he sees no immediate need to declare a state of emergency and that Japan will make preparations to hold the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics as scheduled despite the global new coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at a press conference, Abe said Japan has so far avoided a surge in infections even as some clusters, or small groups of infections, have been reported in parts of Japan.
Still, he said it is not the time to relax vigilance, asking the public to continue to take such steps as avoiding crowded and closed areas.
“At this point, we’re not in a situation in which I need to declare a state of emergency,” Abe said, a day after the Diet enacted legislation to give such power to him.