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09:09 AM, March 30, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 09:18 AM, March 30, 2021

Japanese health minister apologises for staff breaking Covid-19 protocols

Japan's health minister apologised on Tuesday after media reported ministry employees had gathered at a restaurant late at night in Tokyo in violation of the government's Covid-19 contagion protocols.

Norihisa Tamura confirmed that 23 ministry employees ate dinner together on March 24 and that he would investigate the matter quickly, Kyodo reported.

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Tokyo and three surrounding prefectures emerged from a state of emergency over Covid-19 infections on March 21, but the government has continued to ask restaurants to close early at 9:00pm and for the public to limit gatherings.

According to a separate report in the Yomiuri Newspaper, the health ministry staffers gathered for a farewell party at a pub in the Ginza district of Tokyo, with some staying until midnight.

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