Starting next week, the sale of alcohol will be allowed in the country. Alcohol can be purchased until 19:00. Drinks will be sold to individuals or to a group of two within 90 minutes. Restaurants and bars must be closed at 20:00.
"It is difficult for catering companies to continue their business without selling alcohol. I listened to the opinion of many people and made this difficult decision," Osaka Prefecture Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura commented on the decision.
Also, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said that all live public viewing events during this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics in the capital will be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the six venues planned to be used for the screenings will instead be used for Covid-19 vaccinations.
The Olympics in Tokyo was supposed to take place in Tokyo last summer. But the pandemic made the organizers re-schedule the Games for 2021. For now, the estimated dates are July 23-August 8.
In March, the organizers of the Olympics in Tokyo decided to hold the event without foreign fans.
Meanwhile, a campaign against the Olympics in Tokyo is underway in Japan. The online petition calling for the cancelation of the sport event in the Japanese capital collected almost 200,000 votes over several days.