By The Japan News, Yomiuri Shimbun/ANN
“In order to put an end to the state of emergency in a month, contact reductions of at least 70%, and as much as possible [reaching] 80%, must be achieved,” Abe said at the meeting. The prime minister stressed that office work should, in principle, be done at home. “Even if it is absolutely necessary to go to work, the number of workers should be reduced by at least 70%,” Abe added.
Abe also announced plans to distribute a total of 45 million surgical masks to medical institutions nationwide as early as this week. An additional 10 million masks will be distributed to medical institutions in the seven prefectures.
Regarding Abe’s request on reducing office workers by 70%, Yasutoshi Nishimura, minister in charge of economic revitalization, told reporters, “The number of railway passengers and the number of people traveling have not been reduced by 80%.” He added, “I would like to make a request to the business community.”