The Japanese Ministry of Health is trying to contain a scandal that sparked widespread controversy after it was found that officials from the ministry had violated the regulations for combating the Corona virus by participating in a dinner in Tokyo that continued beyond the permitted times.
The scandal centers on the participation of 23 government employees in a ceremony held at a restaurant that lasted until midnight. Despite the lifting of many of the Corona virus restrictions in the Japanese capital, restaurants still must be closed by 9 pm as part of efforts to keep the number of cases under control.
Health Minister Norihisa Tamura apologized for the fact that members of his cabinet had “betrayed the people’s trust.” The minister said that the fact that 23 employees from the ministry gathered in a restaurant at a party last week, some without masks, is “an unnaturally high number and a big problem.” A review process is now underway to see if other employees of the ministry also participated in the ceremony.
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