Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga apologized today to the people after some of the country’s lawmakers still went to nightclubs over the epidemic.
“I am extremely sorry that this happened while we asked people not to eat out after 20 o’clock and avoid unnecessary, non-emergency trips,” Prime Minister Suga told parliament. “Every legislator needs to act in order to gain insight from the public.”
Japan this month declared a state of emergency in the capital Tokyo and a number of other regions to prevent the rise in Covid-19 cases. The measure includes requiring restaurants and bars to close before 20 p.m. even though there are currently no penalties for non-compliance.
“My actions are too careless at a time when we want everyone to be patient,” Jun Matsumoto, a senior congressman from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), told reporters.
Senator Matsumoto commented after the Daily Shincho magazine reported that he went to two nightclubs in Tokyo’s Ginza district after having dinner at an Italian restaurant earlier last week.
Kiyohiko Toyama, the legislator from the Komeito party, also apologized after Shukan Bunshun newspaper reported that he repeatedly visited a high-end nightclub in Ginza until January 22.
Japan currently records nearly 369,000 cases and more than 5,100 deaths from Covid-19. The Japanese hospital system is struggling because it cannot provide enough beds for patients. “I deeply mourn those who died in pain at home because they could not find a hospital,” wrote a Twitter account.
Vu Hoang (According to the Reuters)