[Japon] Split over Japan’s virus law between cities and government widens

Auteur : Ryusei Takahashi. Staff writer de The Japan Times.

Production : The Japan Times

Diffusion : site de The Japan Times

Date : 30 juillet 2020

The power of words is being tested in Japan, where efforts to fight the novel coronavirus — bound by a law tailored to a different disease — remain strictly voluntary. But that may soon change, after a nationwide surge in new infections triggered debate at all levels of government on not only how the law should be changed but when.

“Revising the law is necessary for our intended results to become reality,” Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said during an interview with The Japan Times. “Legal authority and financial resources — the central government needs to define and clarify these things.”

Source : Ryusei Takahashi, « Split over Japan’s virus law between cities and government widens », The Japan Times, 30/07/2020. URL : https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/07/30/national/politics-diplomacy/disagreement-widens-cities-central-government-japans-virus-law/#.XyK7Buc69PY (consulté le 30/07/2020)

Photo « à la une » : A figurine of Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike stands near a window in a meeting room at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. © Ryusei Takahashi

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