Majority of Japanese population opposed coronavirus restrictions

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A record share of the Japanese population has opposed the restrictive measures imposed by the country’s government to combat the spread of coronavirus infection, according to a survey conducted by the Nikkei newspaper.

The share of respondents who did not approve of the government’s actions was 65%, which is a record figure for the entire period of the coronavirus pandemic. It is noted that in March this number was less by 10%. 30% of respondents supported the introduction of restrictions – this is the lowest indicator.

It is also clarified that the rating of support for the government of Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga over the past month decreased by 2% and amounted to 47%.

Earlier, on April 23, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the introduction of a state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo.

The causal announcement of this measure was the intention to contain the surge in the spread of coronavirus infection ahead of the upcoming Golden Week holidays. It is expected that severe restrictive measures will be in effect from April 24 to May 11.