Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga apologized on Wednesday for his administration’s request to ask drinks wholesalers to stop supplying liquor to restaurants and bars that defied the ban on serving alcohol under the COVID-19 emergency state.
Governors in the capital region on Saturday urged the central government to declare another state of emergency following a record surge in COVID-19 cases. Economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters that the government needs to hear from experts before making a decision.
President-elect Joe Biden called for unity in his victory speech on Saturday night after winning more votes than any other candidate in American history. But Republican President Donald Trump refused to concede, vowing to take the election to the Supreme Court.
Four Japanese cabinet ministers visited the Yasukuni Shrine on Saturday to mark the 75th anniversary of the country’s surrender in World War II. The shrine, which honors Class A war criminals, is seen as a symbol of Tokyo’s past militarism by its neighbors.