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05/24/2020

Governor Mikazuki made a special request to Economic Revitalization Minister Nishimura, asking for enhancing COVID-19 measures

On May 18, Governor Mikazuki Taizo had an online meeting with the Economic Revitalization Minister Nishimura Yasutoshi to discuss the enhancement of the medical care system and support for the needy as countermeasures for COVID-19. The governor submitted a request comprised of about 60 items.

The items included are the enhancement of the PCR testing system, the security of goods such as masks and rubbing alcohol, the provision of hazard pay for medical professions, the multilingualization of information for non-Japanese residents, and the support for after school daycare facilities for challenged children.

“Preparing for any situations, we will properly handle the request by having the second supplementary budget enacted,” says Minister Nishimura.

On the same day, an online meeting was held among nine prefectures of the Chubu Area, discussing a proposal regarding COVID-19. The governors have reached a consensus with the proposal requesting the national government of the following items: strengthening national financial resources to compensate private corporations for temporally closing their business, establishing penal provisions for those who decline a governor’s instruction, and so on.

As for a joint message from the Chubu Area Governors’ Council, Governor Mikazuki says, “Since the release of the state of emergency, there have been the patients whose sources of infection are unknown. We need to underscore the importance of not crossing the prefectural boundaries.”

(Asahi Shimbun, May 19, 2020)

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