What does a state of emergency mean for Japan?

first_imgWhich areas are affected?The month-long declaration is not nationwide. It affects seven areas where medical experts believe the virus is now spreading rapidly, risking overloading the healthcare system.It covers Tokyo and neighboring Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama, the western hub of Osaka and neighboring Hyogo, as well as the southwestern region of Fukuoka.Other parts of the country are not affected. In February, the governor of northern Hokkaido announced a localized state of emergency as cases increased, but lifted the measure after several weeks. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in several parts of the country, including Tokyo, where coronavirus infections are spiking.But the measure falls far short of the lockdowns seen in other parts of the world. So what does a state of emergency entail in the world’s third-biggest economy? How is it declared?The state of emergency measure comes from a revised 2012 bill intended to slow the spread of new strains of flu.The declaration can only be made if certain conditions are met, including that a virus is spreading rapidly and having a significant impact on the lives of citizens and the economy.To make such a determination, Abe is required to consult a taskforce convened for the purpose last month, which includes legal experts and medical professionals. They approved the declaration on Tuesday. What does the measure allow?The state of emergency empowers governors in affected regions to call for restrictions on movement and commerce but offers little in the way of enforcement.Governors can request people stay inside — something Tokyo’s governor has effectively already done by asking people to limit unnecessary outings and work from home.It also allows governors to call for businesses that attract large numbers of people, like entertainment venues or department stores, to close their doors.But there are no punishments for those who defy the request, nor any other enforcement mechanisms.Public transport is expected to continue running, though possibly on a more limited basis. Shops and other businesses may remain open. So what can governors order?The strongest power accorded governors is the ability to commandeer buildings or land for medical purposes.This could mean requiring landowners to turn over property to build temporary medical facilities, or businesses to free up space for housing patients. Governors can also close public institutions like schools, many of which have been shuttered since February after Abe urged a nationwide shutdown. How will the public react?While the measure does not contain strong enforcement measures, expectations are that most individuals and businesses will comply.Many people have already heeded calls to work from home, with Tokyo’s notoriously crowded transport system noticeably emptier in recent weeks.And a request from the Tokyo governor for people to stay home on weekends has also resulted in significantly quieter streets, even in the sunny final days of cherry blossom season. Japan’s legal system, influenced by the legacy of wartime excesses, limits the government’s power over its citizens.Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister in charge of the law implementing the state of emergency, said residents would be asked, not ordered.”Our legal system is set up so that people as a whole unite and share the burden of preventing the spread of infection,” rather than resorting to forcible measures, he said in parliament on Monday.And there are signs the public is on board, with a poll published by private broadcaster TBS on Monday showing 80 percent of participants supported a declaration of emergency. Topics :last_img read more

Glo Hails F’Eagles’ Khartoum Rally

first_imgThe Sudanese had taken a lead in the 27th minute of the encounter before Flying Eagles levelled the scores in 67th minute through Samuel Chukwueze while Victor Osimhen increased the tally in the 86th minute. The 2-1 victory thus placed the team in a vantage position ahead of the second leg in Nigeria.Globacom enjoined Nigerians not to relent in giving the much needed support to the Flying Eagles through prayers as they prepare to cross the hurdle to Zambia 2017.Globacom is the official telecommunications partner of the Nigerian Football Federation and the major sponsor of the Nigerian national teams.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Africa’s greatest corporate supporter of football and data grand masters, Globacom has congratulated the Flying Eagles for recording an important away win against Sudan in the first leg of the final qualifying match for 2017 U-20 African Cup of Nations.Globacom, in a press statement released in Lagos on Monday, gave kudos to the team for the victory in Khartoum which gave the team a brighter chance of qualifying for the next U-20 AFCON scheduled for Zambia in February, 2017.“The Flying Eagles were outstanding in their performance against Sudan; we urge them to sustain the momentum during the return leg in Lagos in a fortnight so as to pick the ticket and fly Nigeria’s flag at the continental championship,” Globacom said.“The match was tough and the weather was harsh. We commend the team for their hardwork, concentration and never-say-die spirit which earned them the away victory,” the statement added.last_img read more

Lane Kiffin reportedly close to returning to SEC with Ole Miss

first_imgCOACHING CAROUSEL: List of FBS moves Lane Kiffin appears to be on his way back to the SEC. The former Tennessee head coach and Alabama offensive coordinator is nearing an agreement to become the new head coach at Ole Miss, USA Today’s Dan Wolken reported Friday night.The agreement could be completed as soon as Saturday after Kiffin’s current team, Florida Atlantic, plays UAB for the Conference USA championship, Wolken reported. Kiffin, 44, would replace Matt Luke, who was fired after a 4-8 season. The Rebels reportedly beat out fellow SEC West school Arkansas for Kiffin’s services.Kiffin coached the Vols for just the 2009 season, finishing 7-6, and then abruptly left Knoxville to take over the Southern Cal program. After the Trojans fired him in 2013 in the infamous tarmac incident (he was 28-15 with USC), he landed on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama for the 2014 season.Kiffin served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for three seasons (one of which ended in a national championship) before taking the FAU job ahead of the 2017 season. The Owls are 25-13 under Kiffin and will be playing for their second C-USA title under him on Saturday.last_img read more

Christmas schedule

first_imgGOVERNMENT: Federal, state, county and city offices, courts, libraries and animal shelters will be closed. MAIL: The U.S. Postal Service will not deliver mail. SCHOOLS: Schools will be closed. TRANSIT: Buses and subway services in Los Angeles will run on a Sunday schedule. Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita, Ventura County Dial-a-Route buses and Metrolink trains will not run. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonBANKS: Banks and financial markets will be closed. TRASH: Trash pickup will be delayed a day in Los Angeles and Glendale. Pickup will be on a regular schedule in Burbank. STORES: Malls will be closed. Some supermarkets could be open for limited hours.last_img read more