From left: Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Finance Minister Taro Aso attend a cabinet meeting Wednesday to discuss lifting the state of emergency for six prefectures. Photo: KYODO
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Suga meets with ministers over early exit from state of emergency for 6 prefectures

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What is it with ageing Japanese politicians and sofas?

And please, the Aso's button is about to fly off. Who does their button up, especially just one?

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Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Finance Minister Taro Aso attend a cabinet meeting Wednesday to discuss lifting the state of emergency for six prefectures.

The inspiration and dynamism oozing from this picture and their cogent comments cannot help but make you believe that the Japanese pandemic response is the key to restoring a beautiful Japan.

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When they awake Aso, I would follow his option. He is sharp as a tack.

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It doesn't mean full reopenning. Authority will be handed over to local governments if the current SOE is lifted. Measures would further be imposed or relaxed area by area depending on risk levels.

The transfer would be better as locals know better local situations, can act swiftly and efficiently. I think the central government should now focus on vaccination programs and financial aids to affected businesses and individuals.

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Wow, now even the viruses are shivering of fear one nanometer to the left and one to the right when hearing any such plans and announcements. lol

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Well,it seems that we got here a nice Thunderbird rescue team according from the dynamic picture.

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Pukey2Today 05:20 pm JST

What is it with ageing Japanese politicians and sofas?

The uncomfortable sofas you find everywhere here are designed to make you uncomfortable and awkward, Suga almost has it right, propping himself near the edge where he can remain with an upright spine (but appear over eager and amatuer), but ruins his posture by resting on his elbows. the other two just don't give a damn.

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Find that wooden (Sugi I believe) panelling design uncomfortable combined with everything else in the photo.

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These politicos really think that their pronouncements really have any effect on infections?

Cases (as has been a historical repeat of 1918) have begun to fall naturally as the virus fails to infect more people by herd immunity and mutations.

I would propose that in another 2-3 months sans vaccine that cases will be in the tens not thousands...

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hear no.... umm, err.... how does it go?

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hospitals have become less strained.

That is an important point.

Good to hear that. (But I didn't believe from the beginning that hospitals are over strained)

Businesses are encouraged to adopt remote work

Here I don't see any improvement.

lift the state of emergency for Tokyo and the three neighboring prefectures on March 7

If numbers of new cases and severe cases are staying low, then it is a good decision.

But people should continue with their basic preventions. (wear masks, wash hands, use sanitizers and keep social distance where it is possible, Restaurants also should do their best preventions like separate the guest tables, measure fever, keep distance between the guests seats...)

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