Japan lifts state of national emergency
Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, has announced that the state of emergency that had been declared across Japan, because of the coronavirus crisis, is over. Japan had managed to avoid the widespread devastation seen by many Western countries, with its death’s totalling around 850. Although the lockdown was lifted, Abe reiterated the government’s messaging of ‘avoiding the three C’s’; closed spaces, crowded areas and close contact. As well as this reiteration, Abe also stated the importance of remaining ‘vigilant’, adding that the social distancing measures instigated during the emergency period were to become the ‘new normal’. As one of the world’s largest economies, it will be interesting to follow the developments made in the aftermath of this declaration.