RESTRICTIONS STILL IN PLACE

The government declared a State of Emergency in response to COVID-19.

MEASURES

  • On 7 January 2021, the government declared a state of emergency for areas, including Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo and Kanagawa. The state of emergency shall be enforced from 8 January to 7 February, 2021.
  • On 13 January 2021, the government expanded the areas subject to the state of emergency. The areas which subject to the state of emergency include Tochigi, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Gifu, Aichi, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka. The state of emergency will be enforced until 7 February, 2021.
  •  A state of emergency allows and empowers local governors in the areas to request for restriction on movement and commerce. In this
    regard, certain requirements have been put in place, including:
    • Residents are discouraged for non essential outings, especially in the evening
    • Number of people traveling to workplaces has been restricted (reduced by 70%)

IMPACT ON FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN

  • On 14 January 2021, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) announced that a cooperative cooperation system will be established with the local governments in the areas where the state of emergency has been declared and this will help to ensure a stable supply of food to the residents.
  • Supermarkets and convenience store will continue operate amid of the state of emergency. In addition, the restaurant are asked to close by 8 pm.
  • On 18 January 2021, the MAFF issued the current food supply status in Japan. It was reported that the demand for products, including instant noodles , pasta, flour & flour products, continues to rise. The demand for certain categories (frozen food, retort food) remains similar as in normal times. In general, there is sufficient supply for food products as well as rice and wheat for the country.
  • Additionally, there is no delay in imports from overseas.