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Governors message for the people of Fukushima(知事メッセージ)

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Governor’s message for the people of Fukushima (Wednesday, 27 May 2020)

First of all, I would like to express my deepest respect and gratitude to those of you who have been working hard on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19 including doctors, nurses, and hospital staff, clinical laboratory technologists as well as workers at public health centres countering infectious diseases.
On 25 May the central government lifted the state of emergency which had been declared based on the Act on Special Measures for Pandemic Influenza and New Infectious Diseases Preparedness and Response in the Kanto region (Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo and Kanagawa) as well as Hokkaido. This result is thanks to the nationwide efforts to contain the virus through the adoption of preventative measures. The spread of infections in Fukushima Prefecture has been suppressed with no new cases confirmed since 9 May. This is thanks to the cooperation and understanding of our residents and business operators and I would like to extend my gratitude again for their cooperation.
On the other hand, we anticipate the battle against COVID-19 to be prolonged and the spread of infection may very well occur again. This means that it is still difficult to predict how things will change going forward.
In the policy announced the other day, the central government set a transitional period of approximately two months, lasting until 31 July. During this period, the epidemiological situation, and the risk of the spread of infection will be assessed roughly every three weeks. This will lead to the gradual easing of restrictions on refraining from going out, holding events, and the like, so that socio-economic activities can continue to be increased.
In consideration of the central government’s policy, and the state of infections in the prefecture, today we revised the State of Emergency Measures for the Prevention of the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus in Fukushima Prefecture. Based on these revised measures, I ask everyone in the Prefecture as well as business operators to take the following three actions from 1 June to 18 June.

First, I would like to talk about establishing a “New Lifestyle” and other measures. I ask you to continue to thoroughly adopt a “New Lifestyle” approach where you need to continue to practice basic preventative measures such as avoiding the “Three Cs”- “Closed spaces with poor ventilation”, “Crowded places with many people nearby”, “Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations” as well as wearing a mask, practicing hand hygiene including washing hands and observing social distancing. I ask business operators to promote efforts for reducing person-to-person contact during commuting hours including having staggered work schedules and encouraging workers to commute via bicycle. I also ask business operators to introduce and utilize measures such as working from home, teleworking, and teleconferencing in place of traveling for business.
In addition, until 18 June, I ask you to refrain from traveling between and across Tokyo and the three neighboring prefectures in the Kanto region, as well as Hokkaido where the state of emergency was lifted on 25 May for nonurgent and nonessential reasons as much as possible.
While the following types of business have experienced clusters of infection in Japan, I have decided to lift the request to refrain from going to karaoke parlors, sports gyms and other such businesses, should it be deemed that a certain level of safety can be ensured through the thorough adoption of preventative measures.
In addition, I ask you to continue to refrain from visiting restaurants with hospitality services, live music clubs and the like, until industry-specific guidelines on preventive measures are formulated and thorough measures are implemented accordingly.

Second, I would like to talk about our request of your cooperation in the use of facilities. I ask educational institutions whose schools will fully resume on 1 June, and business operators to thoroughly take preventative measures in accordance with the industry-specific guidelines on preventive measures.

Third, I would like to talk about the request to refrain from holding events. I ask organisers to limit the number of participants to 100 or less for indoor events and to 200 or less for outdoor events, while taking proper preventative measures until 18 June. I will gradually ease these restrictions for events held after 19 June. Local festivals and other similar events can be held, as long as the event is expected not to attract people from across Japan or from over a wide area, and that the number of participants or attendees can be estimated, while proper preventative measures are taken. However, please respond prudently including canceling of the festival if these conditions mentioned above cannot be met.

Next, I would like to talk about measures for the economy and employment. We need to take prompt measures to support the Prefecture’s economy as various industries including accommodation facilities and restaurants have been dealing with an exceedingly difficult situation. We need to increase socio-economic activities in a phased approach for revitalizing the economy while controlling the risk of infections. 
To this end, in order to support everyone in the Prefecture who have been cooperating with our stay-at-home and shutdown requests, as well as to help boost the hotel and tourism industries in the Prefecture, we will be launching a campaign on 1 June to discount hotel charges exclusively for the people of Fukushima. This will come ahead of the formulation of the Prefecture’s supplementary budget in June and the national government’s Go To Campaign. Specifically, we have allocated a budget of 121 million yen for 20,000 stays which will provide a 5,000 yen discount for each stay costing more than 7,000 yen excluding tax.
We are considering additional measures with the formulation of the supplementary budget in June.

Lastly, while the state of emergency has been lifted in all prefectures, it does not mean a declaration of safety. It is likely that the above measures will need to be continued for an extended period of time in the battle against COVID-19. Please help to reduce the burden on our healthcare facilities by taking on measures which protect yourself, your loved ones, and our society. I hope each and every one of you change your daily habits in order to establish the “New Lifestyle”. Please do not level discrimination and prejudice against people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those related to them as well as healthcare related workers who have been working hard to prevent the spread of infections. I would like to ask for your continued understanding and cooperation with consideration to others, your patience, hard work and ingenuity in coming together as one to support us in overcoming this difficult situation.

Governor’s message for the people of Fukushima (Friday, 22 May 2020)

First of all, I would like to express my deepest respect and gratitude to those of you who have been working hard on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19 including doctors, nurses, and hospital staff, clinical laboratory technologists as well as workers at public health centres countering infectious diseases.

Just over one week has passed since the state of emergency based on the Act on Special Measures for Pandemic Influenza and New Infectious Diseases Preparedness and Response was lifted on 14 May. As for the state of infections in the prefecture, the spread of infections has been suppressed with no new cases confirmed since 9 May. This is thanks to the cooperation of our residents and business operators with our requests to take actions such as refraining from going out. I would like to extend my gratitude again for your cooperation. On the other hand, we anticipate the battle against COVID-19 to be prolonged and new clusters of infection may very well occur. This means that it is difficult to predict how things will change going forward. In order to prevent the spread of infections, I would like to ask everyone in the prefecture to take the following three actions.

First, I would like to talk about establishing a “New Lifestyle” and other measures. I ask you to thoroughly adopt a “New Lifestyle” approach where you need to continue to practice basic preventative measures such as continuing to avoid the “Three Cs”- “Closed spaces with poor ventilation”, “Crowded places with many people nearby”, “Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations” as well as wearing a mask, practicing hand hygiene including washing hands and observing social distancing. I ask business operators to promote efforts for reducing person-to-person contact during commuting hours including having staggering work schedules and encouraging workers to commute via bicycle. In consideration of the forthcoming prolonged response, I also ask business operators to introduce and utilize measures such as working from home, teleworking, and teleconferencing in place of traveling for business. I also ask you again to refrain from traveling between and across prefectures for nonurgent and nonessential reasons as much as possible, especially to avoid traveling across “Prefectures under Specific Cautions” (special alert prefectures). In addition, please avoid going to places where clusters of infections have occurred and where the “Three Cs” overlap.

Second, I would like to touch upon the restriction on the use of facilities. For business operators and industry groups whose limitation of the use of facilities has been lifted and educational institutions for which the closure request will be lifted on 24 May, I ask you to continue to take basic preventative measures such as having hand sanitizer available, asking people to wear a mask and having appropriate entry restrictions and guidance in place, and also to avoid the “Three Cs” completely, while having proper indoor ventilation and observation of social distancing.

Third, I would like to talk about the request to refrain from holding events. I ask orgainsers planning to hold large-scale or nationwide events which exceed the predetermined scope to respond prudently by canceling or delaying those events in case it is difficult to take proper preventative measures. You can hold events other than those mentioned above, but please take proper preventative measures.

Lastly, it is likely that these measures above will need to be continued for an extended period of time in the battle against COVID-19. Please help to reduce the burden on our healthcare facilities by taking on measures which protect yourself, your loved ones, and our society. I hope each and every one of you change your daily habits in order to establish the “New Lifestyle”. Please do not level discrimination and prejudice against people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those related to them as well as healthcare related workers who have been working hard to prevent the spread of infections. I would like to ask for your continued understanding and cooperation with consideration to others, your patience, hard work and ingenuity in coming together as one to support us in overcoming this difficult situation.

Governor’s message for the people of Fukushima (Friday, 15 May 2020)

First of all, I would like to express my deepest respect and gratitude to those of you who have been working hard on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19 including doctors, nurses, and hospital staff, clinical laboratory technologists as well as workers at public health centres countering infectious diseases.

Yesterday, the central government decided to lift the state of emergency for 39 prefectures including Fukushima prefecture ahead of the scheduled expiry on 31 May. Following the central government’s decision to extend the state of emergency to the entire nation on 16 April, the Fukushima Prefectural Government asked its residents and business operators to cooperate in taking various actions under the State of Emergency Measures for the Prevention of the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus in Fukushima Prefecture including: refraining from holding events or going out for nonurgent and nonessential reasons, and to restrict the use of facilities. As for the state of infections in the prefecture, a significant increase in the number of new cases has been suppressed to 0 per day for six days in a row as of yesterday, with the cumulative number of new infections standing only at 1 for the past week. During this period, medical treatment facilities have also been properly secured, ensuring enough beds at hospitals for people who have tested positive and securing facilities to admit patients with mild symptoms. Considering these circumstances and the central government’s decision, I have decided to lift the requests made under the State of Emergency Measures for the Prevention of the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus in Fukushima Prefecture today on 15 May. The requests which were in place have caused our residents and business operators trouble and inconvenience over the past month. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude again for your understanding and cooperation. On the other hand, we anticipate the battle against COVID-19 to be prolonged. While the emergency measures are to be lifted today, new clusters of infection may very well occur. This means that it is difficult to predict how things will change going forward. In order to prevent the spread of infections, I would like to ask everyone in the prefecture to take the following three actions.

First, I would like to talk about establishing a “New Lifestyle” and other measures. I ask you to thoroughly adopt a “New Lifestyle” approach where you need to continue to practice basic preventative measures such as continuing to avoid the “Three Cs”- “Closed spaces with poor ventilation”, “Crowded places with many people nearby”, “Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations” as well as wearing a mask, practicing hand hygiene including washing hands and observing social distancing. I ask business operators to promote efforts for reducing person-to-person contact during commuting hours including having staggering work schedules and encouraging workers to commute via bicycle. In consideration of the forthcoming prolonged response, I also ask business operators to introduce and utilize working from home, teleworking, and teleconferencing measures in place of traveling for business. I also ask you to refrain from traveling between and across prefectures for nonurgent and nonessential reasons as much as possible, especially to avoid traveling across “Prefectures under Specific Cautions” (special alert prefectures). In addition, please avoid going to places where clusters of infections have occurred and where the “Three Cs” overlap.

Second, I would like to touch upon the restriction on the use of facilities. Following the lifting of the emergency measures, I declare the lifting of our requests to cooperate in restricting the use of facilities except for kindergartens, elementary, junior and senior high schools, and special needs schools. The lifting of requests includes the request for reducing opening hours of restaurants and other such businesses. I ask schools to fully resume classes on 1 June. As preparations for this are necessary, I will lift the school-closure request on 24 May so that schools can reopen in stages from Monday, 25 May. Also, following a request I made at a meeting of the task force on 5 May, I have received a report from the superintendent of the Prefectural Board of Education that they have formulated guidelines on how educational activities should take place when schools are reopened. I ask prefectural schools to thoroughly take measures based on these guidelines, and for other educational institutions not under the jurisdiction of the Prefectural Board of Education to refer to the guidelines in question. I ask business operators and industry groups whose limitation of the use of facilities has been lifted today, to continue to thoroughly take basic preventative measures such as properly restricting entry, guiding visitors, having hand sanitizer available, asking visitors to wear a mask, and also to avoid the “Three Cs” completely, while having proper indoor ventilation and observing social distancing, etc. even after resuming operations. I also ask businesses which have not been subject to the shutdown requests to continue to thoroughly take preventative measures. We will be providing cash payments to businesses which cooperated with the shutdown requests up until 6 May. We will also be providing financial assistance to those businesses which have continued to cooperate with the shutdown requests even after 7 May so that they are able to take measures towards resuming their businesses operations. We began taking applications for both benefits today (15 May). In order to speedily implement these cash payments, we will be responding promptly and appropriately. We have also decided to put in place a subsidy for businesses which have not been subject to the shutdown requests, but which have experienced a significant drop in sales in order to support efforts against the spread of infection.

Third, I would like to talk about the request to refrain from holding events. I ask orgainsers planning to hold large-scale or nationwide events which exceed the predetermined scope to respond prudently by canceling or delaying those events in case it is difficult to take proper preventative measures. You can hold events other than those mentioned above, but please take proper preventative measures.

Lastly, it is likely that these measures above will need to be continued for an extended period of time in the battle against COVID-19. Please help to reduce the burden on our healthcare facilities by taking on measures which protect yourself, your loved ones, and our society. I hope each and every one of you change your daily habits in order to establish the “New Lifestyle”. Please do not level discrimination and prejudice against people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those related to them as well as healthcare related workers who have been working hard to prevent the spread of infections. I would like to ask for your continued understanding and cooperation with consideration to others, your patience, hard work and ingenuity in coming together as one to support us in overcoming this difficult situation.

Governor’s message for the people of Fukushima (Tuesday, 5 May 2020)

First of all, I would like to express my deepest respect and gratitude to those of you who have been working hard on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19 including doctors, nurses, and hospital staff, clinical laboratory technologists as well as workers at public health centres countering infectious diseases. I would also like to express my appreciation to those who have been working to support our daily lives by maintaining the distribution of goods, selling daily necessities, and other operations.

The state of emergency which had been declared based on the Act on Special Measures for Pandemic Influenza and New Infectious Diseases Preparedness and Response, has started producing some results as indicated in the number of new patients showing a downward trend. However, a resurgence of new infections could put an additional strain on the medical system. The central government, therefore, decided yesterday to extend the nationwide state of emergency until 31 May with the revision of some parts of the basic management policy.

Following the central government’s decision to extend the state of emergency to the entire nation on 16 April, the Fukushima Prefectural Government asked its residents and business operators to take various actions including: refraining from holding events or going out for nonurgent and nonessential reasons, and to restrict the use of facilities. During the Golden Week holidays, I have been seeing news reports showing a significant drop in the number of people using trains and expressways, and people visiting tourist spots. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to our residents for your understanding and cooperation.

On the other hand, as of today, the cumulative number of patients in the prefecture stands at 79. While a significant increase in the number of new patients has been suppressed to 0 to 3 new patients per day over the past two weeks, new clusters of infection may very well occur. This means that it is difficult to predict how things will change going forward. This situation has been exceedingly difficult for residents and business operators who have been cooperating with our requests and because of the severe conditions the local economy is under, the likes of which have not been seen before. However, In order to prevent the spread of infections in Fukushima prefecture, it has been determined that it is important to keep reducing person-to-person contact as much as possible and minimize the traveling of people between and across prefectures in consideration of the fact that the spread of infection is continuing in some prefectures. In response to the central government’s decision, I have revised some of the measures applied under the state of emergency and will ask you to continue taking the following measures from 7 May to 31 May.

Request to refrain from going out

First, I would like to talk about the request to refrain from going out. I ask you to keep avoiding going to nightclubs, hostess bars and the like in busy downtown areas. I also ask you to refrain from traveling between and across prefectures for nonurgent and nonessential reasons. Also, please avoid going to places where clusters of infections have occurred and the “Three Cs”- “Closed spaces with poor ventilation”, “Crowded places with many people nearby”, “Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations”overlap. Even when going out to places other than those mentioned above, please make sure to adopt a "New Lifestyle" approach where you avoid the “Three Cs”completely and take basic preventative measures including washing hands and observing social distancing.

Restriction on the use of facilities and other requests

Second, I would like to touch upon the restriction on the use of facilities. I ask business operators to continue to suspend business facilities except for ones essential for sustaining our daily lives such as hospitals, pharmacies, grocery stores, public transportation, as well as social welfare facilities including nurseries, certified daycare centers, after-school child-care service facilities and senior care facilities. Even while the state of emergency is in place, we will be considering the lifting of the restrictions on the use of facilities based on response guidelines which take into account factors such as the number of cases in the prefecture, neighboring prefectures’ responses, preventative steps against infection for each type of business. Based on the Prefectural Assembly decision today for financial support for cooperating businesses, we will be providing cash payments to businesses which have been cooperating with the shutdown requests to help prevent the spread of infections. Those business operators will need to adopt a "New Lifestyle" towards lifting of shutdown requests. We are considering other measures to support these businesses which are taking preventative actions against infection. I ask kindergartens, elementary, junior and senior high schools, and special needs schools to keep closed. However, considering children’s learning and their physical and mental health, it is desirable to lift the school closures as soon as possible. I ask educational institutions to work out viable educational approaches paying utmost attention to the prevention of infections and implement them step by step even during this temporary closure period. I also ask them to formulate guidelines on how educational activities should take place when schools are reopened. Taking such guidelines and the number of infections in the prefecture and other factors into consideration comprehensively, we will consider measures to deal with the education of children including the early lifting of our shutdown requests.

Request to refrain from holding events

Third, I would like to talk about the request to refrain from holding events. I ask you to refrain from holding any events where clusters of infections could occur and the“Three Cs”overlap. In particular, I ask orgainsers planning to hold a large-scale or nationwide event to respond prudently by canceling or delaying the event in case it is difficult to take proper preventative measures. You can hold comparatively small-scale events, but please take proper preventative measures.
I would like to ask everyone in the prefecture as well as business operators again to understand and cooperate with the following actions.

For residents of Fukushima 

  1. Please thoroughly take basic preventative measures such as cough etiquette including wearing a mask, and hand washing. Also, avoid the “Three Cs”- “Closed spaces with poor ventilation”, “Crowded places with many people nearby”, “Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations”. If you have any symptoms such as a fever or cough, please refrain from commuting to work, etc.
  2. Please refrain from going to nightclubs, hostess bars and the like in busy downtown areas and from traveling between and across prefectures for nonurgent and nonessential reasons as well as avoid going to places where clusters of infections have occurred and the“Three Cs”overlap.
  3. If you have to come to Fukushima for an unavoidable reason such as a new job or a job transfer from “Prefectures under Specific Cautions” (special alert prefectures), please refrain from going out for at least two weeks to prevent further spread of infections as well as make sure to take care of yourself. If you have any symptoms, please contact one of the public health centre hotlines (Kikokusha-Sesshokusha-Sodan-Senta).
  4. Please do not level discrimination and prejudice against people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those related to them as well as healthcare related workers who have been working hard to prevent the spread of infections.

For business operators

  1. Please take preventative measures such as, hand washing in your office, and cough etiquette including wearing a mask to protect your employees, their family members and your customers, and make sure your employees take care of their own health by not having to come to work if they have symptoms including a fever.
  2. Please take measures to reduce person-to-person contact such as introducing working from home, teleworking, and teleconferences.
  3. I ask business operators to suspend businesses except for facilities essential for sustaining our daily lives and social welfare facilities.
  4. I call on event organisers to refrain from holding events where clusters of infections could occur and the“Three Cs”overlap.

While these measures that are in place through the extension of the state of emergency will cause our residents and business operators trouble and inconvenience, it is strongly hoped that each and every one of us change our daily habits and establish a "New Lifestyle” as it is likely that these measures will need to be continued for an extended period of time. Please help to reduce the burden on our healthcare facilities by taking on measures which protect yourself, your loved ones, and our society. I would like to ask for your continued understanding and cooperation with consideration to others, your patience, hard work and ingenuity in coming together as one to support us in overcoming this difficult situation.

Governor’s message for the people of Fukushima (Friday, 1 May 2020)

First of all, I would like to express my deepest respect and gratitude to those of you who have been working hard on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19 including doctors, nurses, and hospital staff, clinical laboratory technologists as well as workers at public health centres countering infectious diseases. As residents continue to cooperate with our request to refrain from going out, I would also like to express my appreciation to those who have been working to support our daily lives by maintaining the distribution of goods, selling daily necessities, and other operations.

Following the central government’s decision to extend the state of emergency to the entire nation on 16 April, the Fukushima Prefectural Government asked its residents to take various actions including: refraining from holding events or going out for nonurgent and nonessential reasons, and to restrict the use of facilities. Since the Golden Week holidays started last weekend, I have been seeing news reports showing a significant drop in the number of people using trains and expressways, and people visiting tourist spots in the prefecture. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to our residents and business operators for your understanding and cooperation.

In order to prevent the spread of infections, it is extremely important to minimize the traveling of people during the Golden Week holidays. I would like to ask everyone in the prefecture as well as business operators to focus on taking the following three actions.

  1. To refrain from traveling between and across prefectures for nonurgent and nonessential reasons such as returning to your family home or for going on holiday. As for daily activities, I also ask you to refrain from going out for nonurgent and nonessential reasons, and in particular avoid going to nightclubs, hostess bars and the like in busy downtown areas.
  2. Many business operators have already cooperated with our request for closing facilities. I would like business operators again to understand the purpose of the state of emergency and cooperate in suspending businesses until 6 May for facilities where many people gather including adult entertainment, sports and amusement facilities.
  3. As for businesses that remain open including supermarkets, home improvement stores, and facilities that are not subject to usage restrictions including outdoor parks, I ask operators to take proper preventative measures against infection such as restricting entry and advising customers and users to avoid contact with others by observing social distancing when there are many people present. I also ask residents to make efforts to reduce person-to-person contact as much as possible by taking actions such as going shopping with as few people as possible and to avoid the busiest opening times.

I know most of you have been looking forward to returning to your family homes or traveling during the Golden Week holidays. How each of us spends these holidays is important in the prevention of the spread of infection. You can still connect with your family and friends who live away from you by making good use of other means including telephones, letters, computers, and smart phones. I hope you are able to find ways to enjoy yourselves at home and relax during the Golden Week holidays.
Additionally, the Fukushima Prefectural Government announced today a supplementary budget to help fight COVID-19. As part of the swift and appropriate measures to address the various challenges we are facing, we are striving to support people who are working at medical facilities, business operators, and to ensure the safety and security of residents and their way of life is maintained.
I would like to ask everyone in the prefecture as well as business operators again to understand and cooperate with the following actions.

For residents of Fukushima 

  1. Please thoroughly take basic preventative measures such as cough etiquette and hand washing. Also, avoid the “Three Cs”- “Closed spaces with poor ventilation”, “Crowded places with many people nearby”, “Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations”. If you have any symptoms such as a fever or cough, please refrain from commuting to work, etc.
  2. Please avoid going out for any nonessential reasons until 6 May. In particular, I urge you to refrain from going to nightclubs, hostess bars and the like in busy downtown areas.
  3. Please refrain from traveling between and across prefectures for nonurgent and nonessential reasons.
  4. If you have to come to Fukushima for an unavoidable reason such as a new job or a job transfer from “Prefectures under Specific Cautions” (special alert prefectures), please refrain from going out for at least two weeks to prevent further spread of infections as well as make sure to take care of yourself. If you have any symptoms, please contact one of the public health centre hotlines (Kikokusha-Sesshokusha-Sodan-Senta).
  5. Please do not level discrimination and prejudice against people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those related to them.
  6. Please do not level discrimination and prejudice against healthcare related workers  who have been working hard to prevent the spread of infections.

For business operators

  1. Please take preventative measures such as cough etiquette and hand washing in your office to protect your employees, their family members and your customers, and make sure your employees take care of their own health by not having to come to work if they have symptoms including a fever.
  2. If you have workers who have just been transferred or commute to your office from “Prefectures under Specific Cautions” (special alert prefectures), please exert maximum efforts to take preventative measures against infection such as promoting working from home and teleworking in the case that engaging in their work is unavoidable.
  3. I ask business operators to suspend businesses until 6 May except for facilities essential for sustaining our daily lives and social welfare facilities.
  4. I call on event organisers to refrain from holding any events until 6 May regardless of whether they are small, large, indoor, or outdoor, except for ones essential for sustaining our daily lives.

Please help to reduce the burden on our healthcare facilities by taking on measures which protect yourself, your loved ones, and our society. While these measures will cause our residents and business operators trouble and inconvenience, these requests to suspend businesses will not include the closure of facilities essential for our daily lives. I would like to ask everyone to remain calm and take necessary preventive measures.
I would like to ask for your continued cooperation in coming together as one to support us in overcoming this difficult situation.

Governor’s message for the people of Fukushima (Tuesday, 28 April 2020)

First of all, I would like to express my deepest respect and gratitude to those of you who have been working hard on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19 including doctors, nurses, and hospital staff, clinical laboratory technologists as well as workers at public health centres countering infectious diseases. As residents continue to cooperate with our request to refrain from going out, I would also like to express my appreciation to those who have been working to maintain the distribution and delivery of necessary goods throughout Japan, and to those who are selling those goods and daily necessities.

Following the central government’s decision to extend the state of emergency to the entire nation on 16 April, the Fukushima Prefectural Government asked its residents to take various actions including: refraining from holding events or going out for nonurgent and nonessential reasons, and to restrict the use of facilities. Since the Golden Week holidays started last weekend, I have been seeing news reports showing a significant drop in the number of people going out over the weekend in the prefecture. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to our residents and business operators for your understanding and cooperation.

In order to prevent the spread of infections, it is extremely important to minimize the traveling of people during the Golden Week holidays. I would like to again ask everyone in the prefecture as well as business operators to focus on taking the following three actions.

  1. To refrain from traveling between and across prefectures for nonurgent and nonessential reasons such as returning to your family home or for going on holiday. As for daily activities, I also ask you to refrain from going out for nonurgent and nonessential reasons, and in particular avoid going to nightclubs, hostess bars and the like in busy downtown areas.
  2. Many business operators have already cooperated with our request for closing facilities. I would like business operators again to understand the purpose of the state of emergency and cooperate in suspending businesses until 6 May for facilities where many people gather including adult entertainment, sports and amusement facilities.
  3. As for businesses that remain open including supermarkets, home improvement stores, and facilities that are not subject to usage restrictions including outdoor parks, I ask operators to take proper preventative measures against infection such as restricting entry and advising customers and users to avoid contact with others by observing social distancing when there are many people present. I also ask residents to make efforts to reduce person-to-person contact as much as possible by taking actions such as going shopping with as few people as possible and to avoid the busiest opening times.

I know most of you have been looking forward to returning to your family homes or traveling during the Golden Week holidays. However, you can still connect with your family and friends who live away from you by making good use of other means including telephones, letters, computers, and smart phones. I hope you are able to find ways to enjoy yourselves at home and relax during the Golden Week holidays.
I would like to ask everyone in the prefecture as well as business operators again to understand and cooperate with the following actions.

For residents of Fukushima 

  1. Please thoroughly take basic preventative measures such as cough etiquette and hand washing. Also, avoid the “Three Cs”- “Closed spaces with poor ventilation”, “Crowded places with many people nearby”, “Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations”. If you have any symptoms such as a fever or cough, please refrain from commuting to work, etc.
  2. Please avoid going out for any nonessential reasons until 6 May. In particular, I urge you to refrain from going to nightclubs, hostess bars and the like in busy downtown areas.
  3. Please refrain from traveling between and across prefectures for nonurgent and nonessential reasons.
  4. If you have to come to Fukushima for an unavoidable reason such as a new job or a job transfer from “Prefectures under Specific Cautions” (special alert prefectures), please refrain from going out for at least two weeks to prevent further spread of infections as well as make sure to take care of yourself. If you have any symptoms, please contact one of the public health centre hotlines (Kikokusha-Sesshokusha-Sodan-Senta).
  5. Please do not level discrimination and prejudice against people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those related to them.
  6. Please do not level discrimination and prejudice against healthcare related workers  who have been working hard to prevent the spread of infections.

For business operators

  1. Please take preventative measures such as cough etiquette and hand washing in your office to protect your employees, their family members and your customers, and make sure your employees take care of their own health by not having to come to work if they have symptoms including a fever.
  2. If you have workers who have just been transferred or commute to your office from “Prefectures under Specific Cautions” (special alert prefectures), please exert maximum efforts to take preventative measures against infection such as promoting working from home and teleworking in the case that engaging in their work is unavoidable.
  3. I ask business operators to suspend businesses until 6 May except for facilities essential for sustaining our daily lives and social welfare facilities.
  4. I call on event organisers to refrain from holding any events until 6 May regardless of whether they are small, large, indoor, or outdoor, except for ones essential for sustaining our daily lives.

Please help to reduce the burden on our healthcare facilities by taking on measures which protect yourself, your loved ones, and our society. While these measures will cause our residents and business operators trouble and inconvenience, these requests to suspend businesses will not include the closure of facilities essential for our daily lives. I would like to ask everyone to remain calm and take necessary preventive measures.
I would like to ask for your continued cooperation in coming together as one to support us in overcoming this difficult situation.

Governor’s message for the people of Fukushima (Friday, 24 April 2020)

First of all, I would like to express my deepest respect and gratitude to those of you who have been working hard on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19 including doctors, nurses, and hospital staff, clinical laboratory technologists as well as workers at public health centres countering infectious diseases. I would also like to express my appreciation to everyone in the prefecture as well as business operators who have been cooperating in preventative measures like, restricting movement and closing facilities. The situation surrounding COVID-19 both in Japan and abroad is changing hour by hour and getting more serious. As Fukushima prefecture is in a difficult situation where the number of patients has been increasing, we continue to be at a critical juncture in preventing an explosive spread of the virus.

On 16 April the central government decided to extend the state of emergency, which had been declared based on the Act on Special Measures for Pandemic Influenza and New Infectious Diseases Preparedness and Response, to the entire nation. In response to the decision, the Fukushima Prefectural Government asked its residents to refrain from holding events or going out for nonurgent and nonessential reasons and to restrict the use of facilities. The main objective of the central government’s decision is to minimize the traveling of people during the Golden Week holidays. I would like to ask everyone in the prefecture as well as business operators to focus on taking the following three actions to prevent the spread of infections for the upcoming Golden Week holidays.

  1. I ask you to refrain from traveling between and across prefectures for nonurgent and nonessential reasons such as returning to your family home or for going on holiday. As for daily activities, I also ask you to refrain from going out for nonurgent and nonessential reasons and in particular avoid going to nightclubs, hostess bars and the like in busy downtown areas.
  2. Many business operators have already cooperated with our request for closing facilities. I would like business operators again to understand the purpose of the state of emergency and cooperate in suspending businesses until 6 May for facilities where many people gather including adult entertainment, sports and amusement facilities.
  3. As for businesses that remain open including supermarkets, home improvement stores, restaurants, and facilities that are not subject to usage restrictions including outdoor parks, I ask operators to take proper preventative measures against infection such as restricting entry and advising customers and users to avoid contact with others by observing social distancing when there are many people present. I also ask residents to make efforts to reduce person-to-person contact as much as possible by taking actions such as going shopping with as few people as possible and to avoid the busiest opening times if it is necessary to go out with family members or children.

I know most of you have been looking forward to returning to your family homes or traveling during the Golden Week holidays. However, you can still connect with your family and friends who live away from you using other means including telephones, letters, computers, and smart phones. I hope you are able to find ways to enjoy yourselves at home and relax during the Golden Week holidays.
I would like to ask everyone in the prefecture as well as business operators again to understand and cooperate with the following actions.

For residents of Fukushima 

  1. Please thoroughly take basic preventative measures such as cough etiquette and hand washing. Also, avoid the “Three Cs”- “Closed spaces with poor ventilation”, “Crowded places with many people nearby”, “Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations”. If you have any symptoms such as a fever or cough, please refrain from commuting to work, etc.
  2. Please avoid going out for any nonessential reasons until 6 May. In particular, I urge you to refrain from going to nightclubs, hostess bars and the like in busy downtown areas.
  3. Please refrain from traveling between and across prefectures for nonurgent and nonessential reasons.
  4. If you have to come to Fukushima for an unavoidable reason such as a new job or a job transfer from “Prefectures under Specific Cautions” (special alert prefectures), please refrain from going out for at least two weeks to prevent further spread of infections as well as make sure to take care of yourself. If you have any symptoms, please contact one of the public health centre hotlines (Kikokusha-Sesshokusha-Sodan-Senta).
  5. Please do not level discrimination and prejudice against people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those related to them.
  6. Please do not level discrimination and prejudice against healthcare related workers who have been working hard to prevent the spread of infections.

For business operators

  1. Please take preventative measures such as cough etiquette and hand washing in your office to protect your employees, their family members and your customers, and make sure your employees take care of their own health by not having to come to work if they have symptoms including a fever.
  2. If you have workers who have just been transferred or commute to your office from “Prefectures under Specific Cautions” (special alert prefectures), please exert maximum efforts to take preventative measures against infection such as promoting working from home and teleworking in the case that engaging in their work is unavoidable.
  3. I ask business operators to suspend businesses and close facilities until 6 May except for ones essential for sustaining our daily lives and social welfare facilities.
  4. I call on event organisers to refrain from holding any events until 6 May regardless of whether they are small, large, indoor, or outdoor, except for ones essential for sustaining our daily lives.

Please help to reduce the burden on our healthcare facilities by taking on measures which protect yourself, your loved ones, and our society. While these measures will cause our residents and business operators trouble and inconvenience, these requests to suspend businesses will not include the closure of facilities essential for our daily lives. I would like to ask everyone to remain calm and take necessary preventive measures. I would like to ask for your continued cooperation in coming together as one to support us in overcoming this difficult situation.

Governor’s message for the people of Fukushima (Monday, 20 April 2020)

First of all, I would like to express my deepest respect and gratitude to those of you who have been working hard on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19 including doctors, nurses, and hospital staff, clinical laboratory technologists as well as workers at public health centres countering infectious diseases. I would also like to express my appreciation to those who have been cooperating in preventative measures like, suspending business.

The central government decided to extend the state of emergency which had been declared based on the Act on Special Measures for Pandemic Influenza and New Infectious Diseases Preparedness and Response to the entire nation on 16 April. In response to the decision, the Fukushima Prefectural Government asked its residents to refrain from going out for nonurgent and nonessential reasons on 17 April. However, as the number of patients in the prefecture has kept rising rapidly in the past few days, we continue to be at a critical juncture in preventing an explosive spread of the virus. Following the expansion of the state of emergency nationwide, an increasing number of neighboring prefectural governments have been requesting restrictions of their residents such as limiting the use of facilities. Considering these circumstances, we have decided to advance our efforts to prevent the spread of infections in addition to measures including minimizing the traveling of people between and across prefectures for nonurgent and nonessential reasons and to Fukushima from neighboring prefectures especially during the Golden Week holidays.
We will implement the following two additional emergency measures in the entire prefecture effective from 21 April to 6 May.
First, I request cooperation in restricting the use of facilities. I request closure of facilities except for ones essential for sustaining our daily lives such as hospitals, pharmacies, grocery stores, public transportation, as well as social welfare facilities including nurseries, certified daycare centers, after-school child-care service facilities and senior care facilities. We will provide cash payments to businesses which cooperate with the shutdown requests. We will work on specific details of the payments quickly.Second, I request cooperation in refraining from holding events. I request event organisers refrain from holding any events regardless of whether they are small, large, indoor, or outdoor, except for ones essential for sustaining our daily lives.
I would like to ask everyone in the prefecture as well as business operators again to take the following actions to control the spread of infections at any costs.

For residents of Fukushima 

  1. Please thoroughly take basic preventative measures such as cough etiquette and hand washing. Also, avoid the “Three Cs”- “Closed spaces with poor ventilation”, “Crowded places with many people nearby”, “Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations”. If you have any symptoms such as a fever or cough, please refrain from going to work or school.
  2. Please avoid going out for any nonessential reasons until 6 May. In particular, I urge you to refrain from going to nightclubs, hostess bars and the like in busy downtown areas.
  3. Please refrain from traveling between and across prefectures for nonurgent and nonessential reasons.
  4. If you have to come to Fukushima for an unavoidable reason such as a new job or a job transfer from “Prefectures under Specific Cautions” (special alert prefectures), please refrain from going out for at least two weeks to prevent further spread of infections as well as make sure to take care of yourself. If you have any symptoms, please contact one of the public health centre hotlines (Kikokusha-Sesshokusha-Sodan-Senta).
  5. Please do not level discrimination and prejudice against people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those related to them.

For business operators

  1. Please take preventative measures such as cough etiquette and hand washing in your office to protect your employees, their family members and your customers, and make sure your employees take care of their own health by not having to come to work if they have symptoms including a fever.
  2. If you have workers who have just been transferred or commute to your office from “Prefectures under Specific Cautions” (special alert prefectures), please exert maximum efforts to take preventative measures against infection such as promoting working from home and teleworking in the case that engaging in their work is unavoidable.
  3. I ask business operators to suspend businesses until 6 May except for facilities essential for sustaining our daily lives and social welfare facilities.
  4. I call on event organisers to refrain from holding any events until 6 May regardless of whether they are small, large, indoor, or outdoor, except for ones essential for sustaining our daily lives.

Please help to reduce the burden on our healthcare facilities by taking on measures which protect yourself, your loved ones, and our society. While these measures will cause our residents and business operators trouble and inconvenience, these requests to suspend businesses will not include the closure of facilities essential for our daily lives. I would like to ask everyone to continue to remain calm and take necessary preventive measures.
I would like to ask for your continued cooperation in coming together as one to support us in overcoming this difficult situation.

Governor’s message for the people of Fukushima (Friday, 17 April 2020)

First of all, I would like to express my deepest respect and gratitude to those of you who have been working hard on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19 including doctors, nurses, and hospital staff, clinical laboratory technologists as well as workers at public health centres countering infectious diseases. I would also like to express my appreciation to those who have been cooperating in preventative measures like, suspending business.

Yesterday, the central government expanded the state of emergency beyond the initial 7 prefectures to include the entire nation. Even after the first state of emergency was issued on 7 April the virus has continued spreading across the nation with clusters of infections occurring outside of big cities and an increase in the number of patients whose transmission source of infection is unknown. In order to prevent the spread of infections, we need to be keenly aware of the fact that measures such as reducing person-to-person contact by at least 70 percent (ideally 80 percent) and minimizing the traveling of people during the Golden Week holidays should be undertaken. That is why the state of emergency was put in place for all prefectures until 6 May.

I would like to ask everyone in the prefecture as well as business operators again who have been already working hard to take preventative measures, to continue to do so.

For residents of Fukushima 

I would like to ask everyone to understand and cooperate with the following six actions.

  1. Please thoroughly take basic preventative measures such as cough etiquette and hand washing. Also, avoid the “Three Cs”- “Closed spaces with poor ventilation”, “Crowded places with many people nearby”, “Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations”. If you have any symptoms such as a fever or cough, please refrain from going to work or school.
  2. Please avoid going out for any nonessential reasons. In particular, I urge you to refrain from going to nightclubs, hostess bars and the like in busy downtown areas.
  3. Please refrain from traveling between and across prefectures for nonurgent and nonessential reasons.
  4. If you have unavoidable circumstances to come to Fukushima such as a new job or a job transfer from *“Prefectures under Specific Cautions” (special alert prefectures), please refrain from going out for at least two weeks to prevent further spread of infections as well as make sure to take care of yourself. If you have any symptoms, please contact one of the public health centre hotlines (Kikokusha-Sesshokusha-Sodan-Senta).
    *Prefectures under Specific Cautions: Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Ibaraki, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Ishikawa, Gifu, Aichi, Kyoto, Hyogo and Fukuoka
  5. Please do not level discrimination and prejudice against people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those related to them.

For business operators

  1. Please take preventative measures such as cough etiquette and hand washing in your office to protect your employees, their family members and your customers, and make sure your employees take care of their own health by not having to come to work if they have symptoms including a fever.
  2. If you have workers who have just been transferred or commute to your office from special alert prefectures, please exert maximum efforts to take preventative measures against infection such as promoting working from home and teleworking in the case that engaging in their work is unavoidable.

Please help to reduce the burden on our healthcare facilities by taking on measures which protect yourself, your loved ones, and our society. I would like to ask for everyone in the prefecture to come together as one to support us in overcoming this difficult situation.

Governor’s message for the people of Fukushima (Saturday, 11 April 2020)

Today, the central government revised the Basic Action Plan formulated to fight COVID-19 at a meeting of Novel Coronavirus Response Headquarters and decided to extend requests to refrain from visiting nightclubs, hostess bars and the like in busy downtown areas to prefectures other than those under the state of emergency based on Clause 9 of Article 24 of the Act on Special Measures for Pandemic Influenza and New Infectious Diseases Preparedness and Response. Fukushima prefecture is in a difficult situation where the number of patients has been increasing. As the first cluster of cases has occurred in the prefecture, we continue to be at a critical juncture in preventing an explosive spread of the virus. Based on the central government’s decision, I urge residents of Fukushima to refrain from going to nightclubs, hostess bars and the like in busy downtown areas, in addition to taking other preventative measures and actions which I have been asking you to take on.

I would like to ask everyone again to take the following actions.

  1. Please thoroughly take basic preventative measures such as cough etiquette and hand washing. Also, avoid the “Three Cs”- “Closed spaces with poor ventilation”, “Crowded places with many people nearby”, “Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations”. If you have any symptoms such as a fever or cough, please refrain from going to work or school.
  2. I urge you to refrain from going to nightclubs, hostess bars and the like in busy downtown areas.
  3. Please refrain from traveling to areas under the state of emergency for nonurgent and nonessential reasons or coming to Fukushima from these areas.
  4. If you have unavoidable circumstances to come to Fukushima such as a new job or a job transfer, please refrain from going out for at least two weeks to prevent further spread of infections as well as make sure to take care of yourself. If you have any symptoms, please contact one of the public health centre hotlines (Kikokusha-Sesshokusha-Sodan-Senta).
  5. Please do not level discrimination and prejudice against people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those related to them.

Please take on measures that protect yourself, your loved ones, and our society. I would like to ask for everyone in the prefecture to come together as one to support us in overcoming this difficult situation.

Governor’s message for the people of Fukushima (Friday, 10 April 2020)

As of 10 April, 33 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Fukushima prefecture and the first cluster of cases has occurred. As the number of patients continues to increase significantly particularly in big cities, we are also in a difficult situation where the number of patients keeps rising. We continue to be at a critical juncture in preventing an explosive spread of the virus. Considering these circumstances, I would like to again ask everyone in the prefecture as well as business operators and healthcare providers to take the following actions.

For residents of Fukushima

  1. Please thoroughly take basic preventative measures such as cough etiquette and hand washing. Also, avoid the “Three Cs”- “Closed spaces with poor ventilation”, “Crowded places with many people nearby”, “Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations”. If you have any symptoms such as a fever or cough, please refrain from going to work or school.
  2. Please refrain from traveling to areas under the state of emergency for nonurgent and nonessential reasons.
  3. Considering the purpose of the state of emergency, please refrain from coming to Fukushima from areas under the state of emergency for nonurgent and nonessential reasons.
  4. If you have unavoidable circumstances to come to Fukushima such as a new job or a job transfer, please refrain from going out for at least two weeks to prevent further spread of infections as well as make sure to take care of yourself. If you have any symptoms, please contact one of the public health centre hotlines (Kikokusha-Sesshokusha-Sodan-Senta).
  5. Please do not level discrimination and prejudice against people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those related to them.

For business operators

  1. Please take preventative measures such as cough etiquette and hand washing in your office to protect your employees, their family members and your customers, and make sure your employees take care of their own health by not having to come to work if they have symptoms including a fever.
  2. If you have workers who have just been transferred or commute to your office from areas under the state of emergency, please exert maximum efforts to take preventative measures against infection such as promoting working from home and teleworking in the case that engaging in their work is unavoidable.

For healthcare providers

  1. I would like to express my deepest respect and gratitude to those of you who have been working hard on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19 including doctors, nurses, and hospital staff as well as workers at public health centres countering infectious diseases and clinical laboratory technologists.
  2. As for securing beds for those infected, we have been able to secure 111 beds up until now thanks to the cooperation of many healthcare professionals. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to them.
  3. The Fukushima Prefectural Government will undertake the utmost effort to support medical facilities in the securing of essential equipment, and support the establishing of a network of cooperation among relevant entities so that they can provide medical services at full capacity. I would like to ask for your understanding and cooperation in these efforts.

Please take on measures that protect yourself, your loved ones, and our society. I would like to ask for everyone in the prefecture to come together as one to support us in overcoming this difficult situation.

Statement from the Governor given during the 11th meeting of the Fukushima COVID-19 Response Task Force (Tuesday, 7 April 2020)

Today, the central government declared a state of emergency for the seven prefectures of Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Hyogo, Osaka and Fukuoka based on the revised Act on Special Measures for Pandemic Influenza and New Infectious Diseases Preparedness and Response. It will take effect immediately and last for a month until 6 May.I would like to ask everyone again to understand and cooperate with the following four actions.

1. Please take basic preventative measures such as cough etiquette and hand washing thoroughly. Also, avoid the “Three Cs”- “ Closed spaces with poor ventilation”, “Crowded places with many people nearby”, “Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations”.
2. Please refrain from traveling to areas under the state of emergency for nonurgent and nonessential reasons or coming to Fukushima from these areas.
3. If you have unavoidable circumstances to come to Fukushima such as a new job or a job transfer, please refrain from going out for at least two weeks to prevent further spread of infections as well as make sure to take care of yourself. If you have any symptoms, please contact one of the public health centre hotlines (Kikokusha-Sesshokusha-Sodan-Senta).
4. Please do not level discrimination and prejudice against people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those people related to them.

Please take on measures that protect yourself, your loved ones, and our society. I would like to ask for everyone in the prefecture to come together as one to support us in overcoming this difficult situation.

 

Statement from the Governor given during the 10th meeting of the Fukushima COVID-19 Response Task Force (Sunday, 5 April 2020)

As COVID-19 continues to spread, over 3400 cases were confirmed in Japan as of 5 April and the number of patients continues to increase rapidly particularly in the big cities.In Fukushima prefecture, the 14th COVID-19 patient was confirmed 6 days after 31 March. There have been cases of secondary and tertiary infection, and an increase in cases where transmission pathways have not been determined. As such we will reach an extremely worrying situation as the number of the patients explosively increases.At this point, the largest number of patients in one day in Fukushima to be newly confirmed to have COVID-19 is 5, taking into consideration the locations which have not had any patients confirmed, has led to our prefecture being designated as a “Outbreak Monitoring Area” according to the government’s panel of experts meeting held on 1 April. I think it is necessary to work further with people in Fukushima prefecture in order to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. I would like to ask the people of Fukushima to understand and cooperate with the following three actions.

  1. Thoroughly prevent transmission of COVID-19
      It is important to carry out strict measures against transmission of COVID-19. I would like to ask everyone to continue avoiding the “Three Cs” – “Closed spaces with poor ventilation.”, “Crowded places with many people nearby.”, and “Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations.” along with carrying out basic preventative measures, such as cough etiquette and hand washing.This is especially important in hospitals or welfare facilities, where we have seen clusters of infection grow.
  2. Actions to take in order to not become a source of infection
      It is important not to become a source of infection. It has been reported that the incubation period for COVID-19 can be as long as 14 days and that there are some cases of people not having any symptoms or only mild symptoms. So, it is important to be aware that you may spread infection without showing symptoms.As we have identified secondary and tertiary transmissions in our prefecture, we should be aware that we could be a source of infection. So it is important for all of us, including young people to employ behavior that completely avoids the “Three Cs”.Please take on measures that protect yourself, your loved ones, and our society.  Additionally, people who came from or visited areas where the infection is spreading such as Tokyo, must make sure to take care of yourself and if you have any symptoms, please contact one of the public health centre hotlines (Kikokusha-Sesshokusha-Sodan-Senta).
    I am counting on not just individuals, but also businesses and schools to cooperate with these measures.
  3. Discrimination and prejudice against people and those around them who have been infected by COVID-19
    Lastly, I would like to talk to you about discrimination and prejudice against people and those around them who have been infected by COVID-19.It has been reported that there have been cases of harassment or unfair treatment taking place in work places where employees were infected. Although I expect you probably are feeling some amount of anxiety or fear, we are the people who have been suffering from harmful rumours caused by the nuclear disaster, so I sincerely hope you will not level discrimination and prejudice against people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those people related to them.

 As the situation of COVID-19 is changing hour by hour, we are working with strong determination on countermeasures that respond flexibly and appropriately, while mobilizing all measures appropriate to the situation.Now, I would like to ask everyone in the prefecture as well as businesses, schools and groups in each region to take action and do as much as you possibly can to tackle this situation. I would like to ask for everyone in the prefecture to come together as one to support us in overcoming this difficult situation.

 

Statement from the Governor given during the urgent press conference on COVID-19 (Wednesday, 1 April 2020)

Today, the 5th and 6th positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed following the 3rd and 4th cases confirmed yesterday. The 5th patient is a family member of the 3rd patient, however, as for the 6th patient, the transmission route has not been determined so far. We are conducting an epidemiological investigation to understand the transmission route and are confirming the close contacts, while working closely with related organizations including the Fukushima City Public Health Centre and Minamisoma City. I would like to ask everyone to remain calm and take actions based on accurate information. As I mentioned yesterday, if you have cold-like symptoms such as having a fever, please refrain from going out and avoid the “Three Cs”; “Closed places with poor ventilation.”, “Crowded places with many people nearby.” and “Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations”, along with carrying out infection prevention measures including cough etiquette and washing your hands. For young people, in particular it is difficult to detect infection. So, I would like to ask you to take extra caution and refrain from going to crowded places for nonurgent and nonessential reasons. For those who have had symptoms of a cold or a fever of 37.5℃ or higher for 4 days, people who feel strong fatigue, shortness of breath, or people who came back from foreign countries and have a fever, please contact your nearest public health centre hotline (Kikokusya-Sesshokusha-Sodan-Senta).

 The Prefecture will work on enhancing screeing and medical treatment systems. Also, we will continue to take swift and proper measures prioritizing the safety of the people of Fukushima with various relevant organizations including the central government and municipalities. I would like to ask for cooperation from every one of you.

 

Statement from the Governor given during the urgent press conference on COVID-19 (Tuesday, 31 March 2020)

As COVID-19 continues to spread not only in Japan but in other parts of the world, the 3rd and 4th COVID-19 patients were confirmed in Fukushima Prefecture. The Fukushima Prefectural Government is conducting an epidemiological investigation working with the Fukushima City Public Health Centre and related organizations to find the transmission routes and close contacts of these patients. I would like to ask everyone again to remain calm and take actions based on accurate information.
I would also like to ask everyone to continue to take thorough preventative measures such as practicing cough etiquette and washing your hands often, as well as to refrain from going out in the case that you have cold-like symptoms including a fever. Also I would like to ask for your ongoing cooperation in avoiding the “Three Cs”- “Closed spaces with poor ventilation”, “Crowded places with many people nearby”, and “Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations”. These include taking prudent actions, refraining from going to crowded places for nonurgent and nonessential reasons and holding events. Young people should take extra caution because their infections are hard to detect. If you have cold-like symptoms, a fever of 37 .5°C or higher for 4 days or more, strong fatigue, shortness of breath, or if you have symptoms such as a fever after returning to Japan from abroad, please contact your nearest public health centre hotline (Kikokusha-Sesshokusha-Sodan-Senta).
The prefecture will continue to work on enhancing screening and medical treatment systems. We will also keep working with various relevant organizations including the central government and municipalities to take swift and proper measures, prioritizing the safety of our residents above all. I would like once again to ask for cooperation from every one of you.

 

Governor’s message for the people of Fukushima (Friday, 27 March 2020)

As COVID-19 continues to spread not only in Japan but in other parts of the world. The number of cases is trending upward particularly in big cities due to new spread via unknown infection routes and among people returning to Japan from overseas.
It is important for everyone to continue to practice good hygiene by observing cough etiquette and washing your hands often, just as you would do for preventing a common cold or the flu.
If you have cold-like symptoms, you should stay home. In the case that you have to go outside for essential reasons, please wear a face mask.
The risk of occurrence of cluster infection is particularly high when the “Three Cs” overlap: 1) Closed spaces with poor ventilation, 2) Crowded places with many people nearby, 3) Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations. I would like to ask everyone to keep the “Three Cs” from overlapping in order to protect yourself and prevent further spread of infection.
I would also like to ask everyone to refrain from traveling to Tokyo and neighboring areas for nonurgent and nonessential reasons as much as possible over the weekend to prevent further spread of the virus.

 

Statement from the Governor given during the urgent press conference on COVID-19 (Saturday, 14 March 2020)

I have a message for the people of Fukushima Prefecture. As the number of COVID-19 patients continues to increase across the nation, the 2nd patient was confirmed in the prefecture. The Fukushima Prefectural Government is conducting an epidemiological investigation working closely with related organizations including the Koriyama City Public Health Centre to find the transmission routes and close contacts of these patients.
I would like to ask everyone to remain calm and take actions based on accurate information. I would also like to ask everyone to continue to take thorough preventative measures such as practicing cough etiquette and washing your hands often. If you have cold-like symptoms such as having a fever, please refrain from going out and avoid places with poor ventilation and places that are crowded, in order to prevent the transmission and spread of the virus.
If you have cold-like symptoms, a fever of 37 .5°C or higher for 4 days or more, strong fatigue, shortness of breath, or if you have symptoms such as a fever after returning to Japan from abroad, please contact one of the public health centre hotlines (Kikokusha-Sesshokusha-Sodan-Senta).
The prefecture will continue to work on enhancing screening and medical treatment systems. The prefectural government will take a coherent approach in supporting children and their parents who have been affected by the closure of schools, and business operators and their employees who are facing challenges due to voluntary restraint on holding large-scale events and disrupted movement of people and goods, etc.
We will also keep working with various relevant organizations including the central government and municipalities to take swift and proper measures, prioritizing the safety of our residents above all. I would like once again to ask for cooperation from every one of you.

 

Statement from the Governor of Fukushima given during the urgent press conference on COVID-19 (Saturday, 7 March 2020)

Today, the first positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture. Working with Iwaki City, we will investigate the case including grasping the close contacts of the patient. I would like to ask everyone to take basic preventative measures such as cough etiquette and hand washing thoroughly to prevent further spread of infections.
Last week, the central government requested the closure of elementary, junior and senior high schools, and special needs schools nationwide. The Fukushima Prefectural Government is fully aware of the urgent need of taking measures promptly to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and has decided to temporarily close all of the prefecture-run schools starting from 2 March and requested municipal-run schools to follow suit. The closure of schools would impose a burden on children and their parents. However, it is a crucial phase of preventing the spread of infections. I would like to ask for your understanding and cooperation.
It is important for everyone to continue to practice good hygiene by observing cough etiquette and washing your hands often, just as you would do for preventing a common cold or the flu. I would like to ask for your cooperation in taking such thorough measures to prevent further spread of infections.
If you have cold-like symptoms, a fever of 37 .5°C or higher for 4 days or more, strong fatigue, shortness of breath, or if you are a senior citizen or have underlying respiratory diseases and have these symptoms for two or more days, please contact one of the public health centre hotlines (Kikokusha-Sesshokusha-Sodan-Senta) that has been set up at a public health centre in your region. Please make sure to follow their advice such as visiting a designated medical institution.
The situation surrounding COVID-19 is so far having various impacts on residents’ daily lives and on economic activities. I would like to ask everyone to pay close attention to information released by the central government, the prefecture and other related organizations, remain calm and take actions.
We will also keep working with various relevant organizations including the central government and municipalities to take measures appropriate to the situation in order to eliminate residents’ anxieties and prevent further spread of infections.