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Baffling COVID lockdown ruling defies legal logic

Do not expect moral vindication in Japanese courts

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An alley filled with bars in Tokyo, pictured after 8 p.m. on the first day of a coronavirus state of emergency in January 2021: The Tokyo Metropolitan Government had issued enforcement orders against only six establishments.    © AP

Stephen Givens is a corporate lawyer based in Tokyo.

The Tokyo District Court issued a baffling decision earlier this month in the highly publicized Global Dining case challenging an order by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government under emergency rules requiring restaurants to close by 8 p.m. to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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