RESTRICTIONS STILL IN PLACE

The government extended the State of Emergency in response to COVID-19.

MEASURES

  • On 2 February 2021, it was reported that the government extended the state of emergency in 10 prefectures, excluding Tochigi.
  • The state of emergency will be implemented in the 10 prefectures, including Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Gifu, Aichi, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka until 7 March, 2021.
  • A state of emergency allows and empowers local governors in the areas to request for restriction on movement and commerce.
  • Under the state of emergency,
    • The residents are encouraged to
      • Refrain from travelling out unless travelling out for something necessary
      • Refrain from hosting events
    •  Restaurants and karaoke bars are advised to shorten their business hours (i.e. open until 20;00; alcoholic beverages to be served between 11:00 and 19:00)
      • In this regard, the government will provide support by paying ‘’cooperation fee’’ to businesses in eligible prefectures which comply with requests to shorten business hours)

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.