Officials had been leaning towards an extension of the measures in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures past May 11 because the nation battles a surge in Covid-19 instances, the Yomiuri Newspaper mentioned on Wednesday.
Extending the measures, which had been imposed on April 25, would possible fan persistent issues about whether or not the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled to start on July 23, will be held as deliberate.
The video games have already been delayed as soon as from final yr because of the pandemic. The metropolis of Sapporo, on the northern island of Hokkaido, hosted a half-marathon check occasion on Wednesday.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will meet with senior authorities ministers on Wednesday to debate an extension, the Yomiuri reported with out citing sources. The Yomiuri didn’t element how lengthy an extension may be, however the governor of Osaka Prefecture mentioned an extension of three weeks to a month could also be vital, in keeping with home media.
Calls by Reuters to Suga’s workplace weren’t answered. Japan‘s authorities buildings and monetary markets had been closed on Wednesday for annual Golden Week holidays.
Under the state of emergency in Tokyo and different city areas, the federal government required eating places, bars, and karaoke parlours serving alcohol to shut. Large department shops and cinemas had been additionally shuttered, whereas spectators had been banned from huge sporting occasions.
It was unsure whether or not the federal government will loosen any of the working restrictions on the providers sector, the Yomiuri mentioned.