The Japanese leadership, including Prime Minister Abe, have been under pressure in recent weeks as many citizens have been angered about unclear policy briefs and general confusion. There was a state of emergency enacted on April 7 in major cities, then expanded on April 16 – the entire country saw this state of emergency extended until June 1. However, with small businesses coming under pressure, the chorus has been loud and firmly directed at the national government in Tokyo.
What is clearly happening is the people are tired of social engineering and being given directives – they are even told to wear masks while talking, not to travel long distances and when sitting at a restaurant they are told to sit side-by-side not across from each other.
Japanese are a people who do follow the rules but the current situation is now a bit overwhelming. According to sources, baseball games will start with no fans, and museums will open, and restaurants will be able to stay open until 10 pm, as opposed to 8 pm now. Facilities such as kareoke bars and gyms – known for clusters – will be asked to close until Phase 4 ends.
The talk on the street is that on Monday, the entire nation will open.