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’