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  • No need now for state of emergency: Japan

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe File Photo Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

    The Japanese government said on Friday there was no need now to declare a state of emergency, after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the previous day described the coronavirus as a “national crisis” following a surge of cases in Tokyo.

    Japan at this stage is not in a situation where it needs to issue an emergency declaration, top spokesman Yoshihide Suga told a regular news conference.

    Abe has set up a new crisis task force, seen as a preliminary step towards declaring a state of emergency.

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