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Japan Emergency May Last Months as Critics Say Steps Too Narrow

  • ‘Next to impossible’ to lift emergency in a month, experts say
  • Targeted measures could mean emergency situation drags on
Commuters at Shinjuku station on Jan. 5. Japan is set to declare an emergency as early as Thursday in Tokyo and three surrounding areas.

Commuters at Shinjuku station on Jan. 5. Japan is set to declare an emergency as early as Thursday in Tokyo and three surrounding areas.

Photographer: Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images 

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Restrictions set to be imposed under Japan’s state of emergency could last months, with both government advisers and critics of its strategy calling for broader steps than current proposals.

Japan is set to declare an emergency as early as Thursday in Tokyo and three surrounding areas, with relatively narrow restrictions focused on reducing infections at bars and restaurants. But as in spring, the declaration may drag on if those moves fail to change people’s behavior, experts contend.