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Antivirus Probes under Nightlife Business Law Raise Questions

Antivirus Probes under Nightlife Business Law Raise Questions

   Tokyo, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--Some police officials and experts are questioning the advisability of the Tokyo metropolitan government and police conducting on-site inspections of nightlife establishments under the law governing adult entertainment business to check for coronavirus prevention measures.
   The application of the law to the fight against the virus has been approved by the central government, but some officials say the probes under the law do not serve the purposes of the law.
   Speaking on television on July 19, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga unveiled plans to conduct on-site inspections of establishments in nightlife districts, where an increasing number of coronavirus infection cases have been found, under the law governing nightlife-related businesses.
   At the request of Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, the Metropolitan Police Department inspected so-called host clubs for female customers and hostess bars in Kabukicho in Shinjuku as well as in Ikebukuro, two major entertainment districts in the capital, on the night of July 24.
   Metropolitan government personnel who accompanied police officers urged operators of such establishments to implement thorough steps to prevent infection.

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