State of emergency a heavy blow to consumption, production in Japan

The coronavirus-necessitated state of emergency to be declared by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later Tuesday across some of the most densely populated parts of Japan is expected to deal a heavy blow to consumer spending and manufacturing activities, economists warn.Local authorities in Tokyo as well as Saitama, Kanagawa, Chiba, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka prefectures are expected to request stronger restraints on nonessential outings and certain business operations.While the central and prefectural governments do not have the legal authority to enforce restrictions on daily life or order business sh…

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