The governor of Aichi Prefecture, which includes the city of Nagoya and also hosts Toyota Motor Corp, on Thursday said he would declare a state of emergency for his prefecture, starting Friday.
Hideaki Omura made the announcement two days after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe formally imposed a state of emergency on Tokyo and six other prefectures.
Aichi was not included in the emergency despite having the fifth-highest number of infections among Japan’s prefectures, data from public broadcaster NHK shows.
Omura told a news conference that his prefecture had been in talks with the central government and was making preparations toward being included.
The central government will respond “swiftly,” he said.
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