On Friday, the Japanese authorities withdrew travel warnings about the coronavirus pandemic and lifted restrictive measures in Tokyo, the country’s capital, so companies can reopen their doors to reactivate the economy.
Tokyo, with a population of 14 million, can now reopen concert halls and nightclubs, according to the CNA network. “We need to increase the level of economic and social activity,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reopening plans during a press conference.
The government has also announced that foreigners are allowed to enter the country, although initially only 250 people a day are allowed to enter from countries with a low infection rate such as Vietnam and Thailand.
Cabinet head Yoshihide Suga said that the risk of infection cannot be reduced to zero, but stressed the importance of “creating a new way of life that would allow socio-economic activities to be increased while still controlling the risk of infection”. .