Trains packed with commuters as Japan fully ends emergency

Trains packed with commuters as Japan fully ends emergency

Follow Us




Search
Search Keyword:

Sign Up For Our
Daily Newsletters

Breaking News Alerts
Enter your email address:

Manage Newsletters

Front Page Podcast

Advertisement

Recommended

After Arizona, election audits become a GOP rallying cry for 2022 races

Quiz: Who played these historical figures in biographical films?

‘There’s no control’: Border chaos invades America’s heartland

Quiz: Take the political scandals in U.S. history test

U.S. icebreaker gap with Russia a growing concern as Arctic ‘cold war’ heats up

Advertisement

SPONSORED CONTENT

Advertisement

Commentary

Dean Karayanis

Congress’ debt ceiling theatrics and lack of fiscal responsibility

Tom Basile

Top brass expose Biden’s biggest Afghanistan lies

Charles Hurt

Terry McAuliffe: ‘Smarmy used car salesman’

View all

Advertisement

Question of the Day

With news of global supply chain problems affecting industries across the country, which product shortage is most concerning to you?

Question of the Day

 
New cars

 
Holiday toys

 
Liquor

 
Toilet paper

  View results

Advertisement

Story TOpics

People eat and drink at a restaurant after 8 p.m., the time the government suggests to close under the ongoing state of emergency, in the famed Asakusa tourist spot in Tokyo, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. On Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, … more >

Print

By Mari Yamaguchi

Associated Press

Friday, October 1, 2021

TOKYO (AP) – Japan fully came out of a coronavirus state of emergency for the first time in more than six months as the country starts to gradually ease virus measures to help rejuvenate the pandemic-hit economy as the infections slowed.

At Tokyo’s busy Shinagawa train station, a sea of mask-wearing commuters rushed to their work despite an approaching typhoon, with some returning to their offices after months of remote work.

The emergency measures, in place for more than half of the country including Tokyo, ended Thursday following a steady fall in new caseloads over the past few weeks, helping to ease pressure on Japanese health care systems.

TOP STORIES

Professor suspended for refusing to give Black students easier final exams sues UCLA

Democratic Texas border mayor denounces Biden: 'It was working under Trump'

Food stamp benefits to jump after Congress-ordered review

Outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga thanked the people for their patience and cooperation, and asked them to stick to their basic anti-virus measures.

“Once again, I seek your cooperation so that we can return to our daily lives feeling safe,” he said.

The lifting of the emergency marked a fresh start for some people.

Office worker Akifumi Sugihara, 46, said he is back to the train station for the first time in about a year. “I had been working from home for more than a year, and I came to the office in Tokyo as (the emergency) was lifted today,” he said. “It’s really been a while. I feel it’s a new start.”

Another office worker, Kaori Hayashi, 37, said it was an ordinary Friday. “In my mind nothing really has changed,” she said. “We still need to be careful. I will stay vigilant and carry on my life as usual.”

Japan is eager to expand social and economic activities while balancing the need to prevent another wave of infections as the weather turns cooler. Officials say the government still needs time to create more temporary COVID-19 treatment facilities and continue vaccinations to prepare for any future resurgence.

The emergency measures have mainly involved requests for eateries to curb alcohol and hours. They can now serve alcohol and operate an hour longer but still have to close at 9 p.m.

Daily reported cases have fallen to below 1,600 as of Wednesday nationwide – less than one-tenth of the mid-August peak of around 25,000. Experts attributed the declining numbers to the progress of vaccinations and to people increased their social distancing efforts after being alarmed by the collapse of medical systems during the summer.

Nearly more than 59% of Japanese people have been fully vaccinated. Japan has had about 1.69 million cases and 17,641 deaths from COVID-19.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *