On Friday, the Tokyo metropolitan government said it wouldn’t hold large events such as school graduation ceremonies and entrance examinations for three weeks through mid-March, based on the advice of experts. The city of Osaka took a matching step.
A public speech by Emperor Naruhito scheduled for Sunday, his 60th birthday, was canceled, and businesses are curtailing large meetings. Honda Motor Co. said it was canceling any event with more than 100 attendees for the time being.
As of Friday, the health ministry said 93 people in Japan were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus that causes the disease known as Covid-19. That figure doesn’t include more than 600 people infected on a cruise ship docked at Yokohama. Three Japanese have died of the disease, including two from the ship.