April 16, 2020

Japan’s Abe Turns to More Drastic Virus Measures as Support Sags
(Bloomberg) -- Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to rush through more stringent measures to counter the Coronavirus and its economic fallout, as the infection spreads and his support rate sags.Abe will expand an existing state of emergency in seven prefectures to cover the whole country, he told his virus task force Thursday. The period will last to May 6, Abe said, and is designed to limit people’s movements during a peak travel period of several national holidays in late April and early May known as “Golden Week.”Abe has also ordered changes to a planned extra budget to take into account calls for cash handouts of 100,000 yen ($930) per head, Kyodo News reported. Abe said the ruling parties were considering the idea positively, and that it would replace an existing plan to provide 300,000 yen to households whose income has fallen substantially because of the virus.The government had been expected to add only a handful of the country’s 47 prefectures to the emergency declaration issued last week, according to previous local media reports.Abe’s voter support has wavered in the three months since the first Covid-19 case was confirmed in Japan in January, with his responses sometimes seen as slow or inadequate. Media polls have shown voters thought his initial emergency declaration should have been made earlier and covered more of the country. His decision to send two cloth masks to every household amid a shortage of such items, has met with ridicule.A poll published by the Yomiuri on April 14 showed support for his cabinet fell 6 percentage points to 42%, in one of a series of surveys that show disapproval higher than approval.Japan has seen a surge of cases in the past week, with the total surpassing 8,000 by Wednesday. Some prefectures had already asked to be added to the declaration that covered Tokyo, Osaka, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Hyogo and Fukuoka.Japan has had the fewest confirmed cases of any Group of Seven leading democracy, but the recent jump has raised worries that it could see the same type of explosive surge that hit the U.S. and several European countries.An emergency declaration enables local officials to take measures such as ordering the cancellation of events, restricting use of facilities such as schools and movie theaters and appropriating land or buildings for use as temporary medical facilities. As with many laws in Japan, there are no penalties associated with breaching instructions, except in the case of concealing supplies after the government orders them to be handed over.Abe’s coalition ally, Natsuo Yamaguchi of the Komeito party, earlier asked Abe to drop the proposal for 300,000 yen cash handouts in the budget for lower income households in favor of across-the-board payments of 100,000 yen for individuals.Making the sum smaller and removing eligibility criteria are expected to make the distribution of handouts faster.The extra budget is to fund parts of the nation’s record 108.2 trillion yen ($1 trillion) economic stimulus package as Japan braces for the brunt of the pandemic. Economists forecast a double-digit contraction in the current quarter before a rebound in the following quarter.(Updates throughout with confirmation from Abe)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Halle Berry Pens Tribute to Sidney Poitier: ‘An Angel Watching Over All Of Us’
January 14, 2022
kpkOkje9lO8
John Wilson On Crashing The Florida Bang CEO's Party
January 14, 2022
zpa9uWeqXqM
Kanye’s Latest Trouble and the Death of Three Hollywood Icons | The Take
January 14, 2022
KNTemMPfd9g
Moon Knight - Official Trailer
January 17, 2022
aSuOsyrTLHY
Kylie Jenner's Pregnancy TIMELINE for Baby No. 2 | E! News
January 17, 2022
UYzE9WZAUyI
"Jersey Shore" Cast Plays "Are You Shore?" Game (LOL) | Daily Pop | E! News
January 17, 2022
qb2LMCQPSFk
Kanye's Pete Davidson Diss Song Gets Eazy-E Seal of Approval from Daughter | TMZ
January 18, 2022
w6UzmUNgOeU
Leiomy Maldonado Praises Transgender 'Jeopardy!' Champ Amy Schneider | TMZ
January 18, 2022
IAH2r0-Cm-Y
Michael Jackson Impersonator Breaks Down Las Vegas Fight in Detail | TMZ
January 17, 2022
eJd_53SeuN0
Farrah Abraham arrested for allegedly slapping club security guard | Page Six
January 18, 2022
esaoVMTieJA
Jodie Sweetin is engaged to Mescal Wasilewski after 4 years | Page Six Celebrity News
January 18, 2022
6NKAPK9Yfnw
‘16 and Pregnant’ star Jordan Cashmyer dead at 26 | Page Six Celebrity News
January 18, 2022
ivm1X2KBKD0
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
19
Nov
ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group H
Sydney FC - Shanghai SIPG
17
Nov
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Spain - Germany
14
Nov
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Germany - Ukraine
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Liverpool
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Aston Villa
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Valencia - Real Madrid
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Verona
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Bromwich Albion - Tottenham Hotspur
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Bologna - Napoli
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Genoa - Roma
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Atalanta - Inter Milan
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - Juventus
08
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Bayer Leverkusen - Borussia Monchengladbach
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leicester City - Wolves
08
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Wolfsburg - Hoffenheim
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Valladolid - Athletic Bilbao
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Levante - Alaves
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Sociedad - Granada CF
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Torino - Crotone
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Getafe - Villarreal
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund - Bayern Munich
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Everton - Manchester United
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Sheffield United
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Cadiz
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Real Betis
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Augsburg - Hertha Berlin
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Stuttgart - Eintracht Frankfurt
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
RB Leipzig - SC Freiburg
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Rotherham - Preston NE
07
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Parma - Fiorentina
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Watford - Coventry
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Norwich City - Swansea City
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Blackburn - QPR
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Derby County - Barnsley
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Huddersfield - Luton
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Nottingham Forest - Wycombe Wanderers
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Ham United - Fulham
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Sheffield Wednesday - Millwall
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Brentford - Middlesbrough
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Birmingham - Bournemouth
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Sevilla - Osasuna
07
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Benevento - Spezia
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Crystal Palace - Leeds
04
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group G
Ferencvaros - Juventus
04
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group G
Barcelona - Dynamo K.
03
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group A
Salzburg - Bayern Munich
03
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group D
Atalanta - Liverpool
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
zWJ3MxW_HWA L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.