Tokyo lifts Covid-19 business restrictions and people can travel freely in Japan
Kanako Mita and Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
The Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, lifted all business restrictions. Similarly, travel restrictions throughout Japan have been lifted. In other words, Japan is seeking to return to normal from the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.
More surprising, the sex entertainment district of Kabukicho known for infections – and other areas related to nightlife – are also free. Yet, while recent infections have been low in Tokyo, several concerns remain. This notably applies to bars, live house music, nightclubs, and the sex entertainment industry.
Ending travel restrictions throughout Japan is welcomed. Especially in the knowledge that the majority of prefectures never had a coronavirus crisis to any serious degree. Indeed, by early May, it was known that 34 out of 47 prefectures had zero to ten deaths respectively.
Hence the regional tourism sector can gradually return to normal. Likewise, business travel will generate much-needed revenue for countless companies, hotels, restaurants, and so forth.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics that was ultimately postponed because of the coronavirus crisis distracted Koike. Thus the parallel with the coronavirus crisis links with the postponement period. Therefore, the fear is that her re-election campaign is once more distracting Koike.
Indeed, on Monday the capital announced 48 new coronavirus infections and 41 yesterday. The 48 new infections – many related to the sex entertainment district – are the highest since the first week of May.
Hence the psychological angle for commuters is still problematic. Especially when knowing that areas of concern are being given the green light.
https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en/ – Tokyo Metropolitan Government website for updates about the coronavirus crisis in Tokyo.
https://covid19japan.com/ – Japan regional coronavirus statistics
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ World coronavirus statistics
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