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Japan to declare state of emergency 'any day': LDP official

Toyota, Nissan and other automakers told to become less 'dependent on China'

Japan is likely to step up testing of citizens for the coronavirus, following criticism that it has tested too few people to accurately track the spread of the disease. (Photo by Masayuki Terazawa) 

TOKYO -- Japan is expected to declare a state of emergency "any day" now in response to the rising tally of coronavirus infections, a senior official of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said on Friday. But restrictions on individuals will not be compulsory due to the constitution, the official added.

The official also said testing for the coronavirus will increase and that the government is pressing Toyota Motor, Nissan Motor and other automakers to diversify their supply chains and reduce their reliance on China, a move triggered by coronavirus-caused disruptions.

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