The Japanese government has announced that the state of emergency has been extended to March 7, 2021.  The state emergency will continue to cover 10 prefectures, including Tokyo and its neighboring prefectures.  The state of emergency for Tochigi Prefecture is to be lifted on February 7.  This state of emergency was initially announced on January 8, 2021 and was set to expire on February 7 (see our prior post).  For prefectures subject to the state of emergency, the Japanese government has requested, among other measures, that restaurants and bars close by 8:00pm and citizens refrain from traveling for non-essential purposes after 8:00pm.

The special entry of business travelers from 11 countries, including China and South Korea, will continue to be suspended for the duration of the state of emergency.

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