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Abe faces calls for decisive action after 'Abenomask' blunder

Emergency declaration gives government limited power compared with other nations

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wore a cloth face mask, like those to be sent to Japanese households, in a parliamentary session Wednesday.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is under fire for procrastinating on declaring a state of emergency and implementing stricter measures to limit people's movement as confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus continue to increase in the country.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's hesitation comes from the fact that the legal basis of such a declaration was put in writing just last month.

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