Government measuresSince the outbreak of the disease in the nation in January 2020, the Japanese government has announced the state of emergency four times for respective prefectures. Tokyo Prefecture was one of the prefectures that were under the state of emergency all four times. To ease the strain on medical facilities, Tokyo prefectural government added about 1,000 beds for COVID-19 patients in private facilities such as sports centers. As of March 2022, over 7,200 beds were designated for patients with the disease in the prefecture.
Tokyo Olympics and ParalympicsAs a direct impact of COVID-19, the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games were postponed to 2021. Consequently, the games took place from July to September 2021, one year after the original plan. The games were held without any overseas audience, and initially anticipated economic growth from inbound tourism in the nation did not materialize.
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