Unlike many countries in the world which impose penalties for those breaking Covid-19 restrictions, Japan has thus far not implemented similar measures. But that’s about to change.

Following its approval by the Lower House yesterday, Monday February 1, Japan could enact the new penalty bill as soon as Wednesday February 3 to help combat the pandemic. Currently the proposed law is being debated in the Upper House.

According to a Japan Times report, the proposed penalties are:

  • Up to ¥500,000 fine for Covid-19 patients who refuse to be hospitalised
  • Up to ¥300,000 fine for ‘those who fail to participate’ in official and authorised epidemiological surveys
  • Up to ¥300,000 fine for non-compliant restaurants and bars that don’t shorten their business hours as per state of emergency orders

In addition, the new law also allows for the designation of a new public health status prior to the declaration of state of emergency. While this precursor situation sits below the state of emergency in terms of seriousness, the government would still be able to call for special measures to be imposed to curb the spread of the virus.

More news

Foreign residents are eligible for Japan’s Covid-19 vaccine, says minister

Watch the English trailer of Studio Ghibli’s latest film ‘Earwig and the Witch’

Tokyo Olympics could be held without spectators

The best Japanese films and series coming to Netflix in February 2021

Japan cherry blossom 2021 forecast out now

Want to be the first to know what’s cool in Tokyo? Sign up to our newsletter for the latest updates from Tokyo and Japan.