Abe Preparing To Talk With Ioc Head On Phone

Abe preparing to talk with IOC head on phone

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is preparing to have a teleconference with the head of the International Olympic Committee. Tokyo plans to ask the IOC to make a decision as quickly as possible on how the Games should be handled amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Abe wants to discuss the matter with IOC President Thomas Bach, while joined by the head of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee and the governor of Tokyo.

Abe: Decision On 2020 Games May Be Needed

Abe: Decision on 2020 Games may be needed

Japan's prime minister has said postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics may have to be considered if it is difficult to hold the Games in a complete form.

Shinzo Abe made the remark at a Diet committee session on Monday. He was commenting on the decision of the International Olympic Committee to start discussing what steps to take regarding the Games amid the coronavirus outbreak, including possible postponement.

Abe: Decision On Tokyo Games May Be Needed

Abe: Decision on Tokyo Games may be needed

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics may have to be considered if the Games cannot be held in a complete form.

Abe made the remark at a Diet panel on Monday after the International Olympic Committee said it will start discussing how to handle the Games, including their possible postponement due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Abe Asks Smes To Maintain Employment

Abe asks SMEs to maintain employment

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked small and medium-sized companies and retailers to maintain employment and pledged government support for their efforts.

Abe attended the third day of intensive hearings at the prime minister's office on Saturday to hear opinions from industry officials on the possibility of an additional economic package amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Abe Urges Event Organizers To Use Caution

Abe urges event organizers to use caution

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants organizers of large-scale events to continue exercising caution by assessing the risk of coronavirus infections.

Abe spoke at a meeting of the government's task force on Friday, a day after a panel of experts came up with a set of proposals to contain the spread of the virus.

Abe Urges G7 Leaders To Fight Virus Together

Abe urges G7 leaders to fight virus together

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a united front against the coronavirus pandemic during a video conference with his Group of Seven peers.

Abe spoke to reporters following the 50-minute conference on Monday.

Abe To Hear Experts Before Lifting Restrictions

Abe to hear experts before lifting restrictions

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will listen to the views of an expert panel before deciding whether to end the temporary closure of schools nationwide and lift a request to avoid holding large-scale events.

Both measures have been taken due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

Abe: G7 Leaders To Discuss Coronavirus Pandemic

Abe: G7 leaders to discuss coronavirus pandemic

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the leaders of the Group of Seven countries will hold a video conference on Monday to discuss how to work together to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Abe told an Upper House committee on Monday that Japan must use its knowledge and cooperate with countries around the world to deal with the challenge.

Abe Lays Out Plans To Fight New Coronavirus

Abe lays out plans to fight new coronavirus

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has laid out his government's plans to fight the new coronavirus. He discussed a newly enacted law that allows him to declare a state of emergency, if needed.

Abe said "This legislation is to prepare for emergencies. When the administration determines whether to declare a state of emergency, that would put restraint on various private rights. It will seek for recommendation from experts in making the decision carefully. Currently, the number of infections is still rising. However, the increase speed is slower compared with other countries where the speed of infection in accelerating. Given the situation, it is not necessary to declare a state of emergency now."

Abe: Japan Not In Situation To Declare Emergency

Abe: Japan not in situation to declare emergency

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan is not in a situation where he needs to declare a state of emergency based on a law that came into effect on Saturday to tackle the spread of the new coronavirus.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Abe said cases in Japan are contained compared to other countries.

Abe: Japan Will Do All It Can To Fight Virus

Abe: Japan will do all it can to fight virus

With the WHO designating the outbreak as a pandemic, Japan's prime minister says his country will do all it can to fight the virus.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: "I think the WHO has made its decision based on the fact that the infection continues to spread globally. Japan will cooperate with the international community more than ever and strengthen measures to tackle the issue."

Abe Pledges Further Global Cooperation On Virus

Abe pledges further global cooperation on virus

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan will step up cooperation with the international community to fight the coronavirus, now that the World Health Organization has declared a global pandemic.

Abe told reporters on Thursday morning the declaration is a response to the ongoing spread of the virus around the world.

Abe Offers Silent Prayer To Mark Disaster

Abe offers silent prayer to mark disaster

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other Cabinet Ministers mourned the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan in March, 2011.

Abe and 20 others, including Disaster Management Minister Ryota Takeda and Reconstruction Minister Kazunori Tanaka, attended the event at the prime minister's office on Wednesday.

Abe: Visitors From Northern Italy To Be Banned

Abe: Visitors from northern Italy to be banned

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says foreigners coming from northern Italy, as well as some other areas where cases of the new coronavirus are surging, will be denied entry into Japan from Wednesday.

The number of confirmed infections and deaths in Italy are now second to China. On Tuesday, Italy's government extended a lockdown from the northern part of the country to the entire nation.