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This news is developing and this post will be updated as more details are announced. This post was last updated May 7, 2020.
The Japanese government has declared a nationwide state of emergency. So what does a state of emergency in Japan mean for those who are here studying Japanese?
The state of emergency is effective immediately until May 31.
People are advised to stay home, except for seeking medical care and buying groceries and daily supplies. They are also advised to avoid crowded places, going to events and to work from home as much as possible.
Essential businesses like supermarkets, convenience stores and pharmacies will stay open. The Japanese government has assured people that there is no need to hoard or panic-buy items.
Unlike many other countries, the Japanese government has not imposed a strict lockdown. Public transport is still operating as normal and the government does not have the legal power to impose penalties for those who do not follow requests to stay indoors.
However, it is highly recommended that you comply to help slow down the spread of the virus and to help prevent Japan’s medical system from being overwhelmed.
If you are already in Japan, it’s important that you comply with the government’s requests. This is for your own health and safety, as well as the health and safety of others.
Note that you will not be fined or penalised for not following the government’s requests. But it is important that you try to stay home as much as possible until the state of emergency is lifted.
Each language school will have a different approach regarding continuation of lessons. If you are currently in Japan studying at a language school, please confirm with your school about how your classes will go forward. If you are unsure, please contact us.
Be aware that if you leave Japan at this time, you will not be able to return due to visa suspensions and country bans imposed by immigration. For more information on this, please see our article here.
If you think you might have contracted coronavirus, please read our article here to find out what to do next.
For news and information about coronavirus, please see the WHO website.
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