Oct 2: COVID-19 round-up
- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government launched on Thursday its own version of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aiming to step up its response to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
- Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is unlikely to dissolve the House of Representatives for an election within this year, opting to keep his immediate focus on tackling the COVID-19 crisis.
- A total of 608 cybercrime cases related to the novel coronavirus pandemic were handled by police across Japan in the first half of 2020, the National Police Agency said Thursday.
- The coronavirus pandemic has heightened distress felt by unmarried Japanese couples in long-term relationships as they face the prospect that, should one partner become ill, they would not be afforded the same rights as married couples.