TOKYO — As Japan’s government looks set to extend its state of emergency for another month to combat the coronavirus outbreak, retailers and factory operators are scrambling to adjust their plans for long-term closures.
“I believe it is impossible to return to normal life from May 7,” Abe told reporters Thursday, referring to the date the current declaration is set to expire. “We should expect a rather long battle.”
Japanese officials will discuss extending the state of emergency in an expert meeting Friday.
Local governments will ask businesses to stay closed longer if an extension is announced. “We will await