Japan’s longest-serving PM Shinzo Abe announced on Friday he was resigning because of poor health, news agencies reported. “I cannot be prime minister if I cannot make the best decisions for the people. I have decided to step down from my post,” he told a news conference.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency across a large part of the country on Thursday, but said the biggest urban centres of Tokyo and Osaka will remain under restrictions until there is a convincing containment of the new coronavirus. Abe announced the lifting of the emergency in 39 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, as the country strives to balance the damage to the economy from prolonged shutdowns.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday said his government plans to extend a state of emergency by about a month as the country continues to see hundreds of new coronavirus cases daily, news wires reported.
Japan is adding 14 more countries, including Russia and Saudi Arabia, to an entry ban to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe announced on Monday. The measures will take effect on Wednesday, Abe said.
Japan sent tens of thousands of troops and rescue workers on Sunday to save stranded residents and fight floods caused by one of the worst typhoons to hit the country in recent history, which killed 23 people and briefly paralyzed Tokyo, news wires reported.