- 14 Mar 2002
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Preaching water and drinking wine: last week, 23 employees of the Health and Welfare Ministry, including one divisional leader, whined and dined in Tokyo's Ginza district. Quite unbelievable, after all the flak past parties, including one with PM Suga, have drawn.
The ministry is at the forefront of the state response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the country completely lifted its second state of emergency over the virus on March 21, the Tokyo government has requested restaurants and bars to close by 9 p.m., effective until April 21. The government's coronavirus task force also recommends limiting dining to a maximum of four people from a close circle, such as family members and colleagues. A senior health ministry official said in the Diet on Tuesday the party organizers had booked a table at a Ginza restaurant that is open until 11 p.m. The gathering of the ministry's division of health for the elderly started at 7:15 p.m. last Wednesday and more than 10 of the 23 participants including the division chief remained there until around midnight. Most of the attendees talked with each other without wearing face masks, the official added.
Japan's health minister apologized Tuesday over a late-night party involving 23 officials of his ministry held last week in Tokyo despite the metropolitan government's request for shorter business hours to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Norihisa Tamura...
Health minister Norihisa Tamura apologized for "betraying the people's trust" after revelations that the group held a large party at a Tokyo restaurant last week.