Tokyo & Osaka Cinemas, Universal Studios Japan reopening June 1 – fitshopee

Cinemas in Tokyo and Osaka will be allowed to reopen from June 1, as local authorities relax restrictions on large-scale installations. The central government of Japan, however, is extending the state of emergency until June 20. Meanwhile, Universal Studios Japan is also expected to open on Tuesday, at reduced capacity and on weekdays only until further notice, the park said.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will allow cinemas to operate at 50% capacity and until 9 p.m. The Japan Times reported. Osaka Prefecture will also be allowed to open, but only on weekdays until 9 p.m. and also with a capacity cap. Big chain Toho Cinemas has said it will reopen around 20 locations tomorrow in the two areas and United Cinemas has confirmed three reopenings in Tokyo, with masks and corporate headquarters far away. Last weekend, cinemas in 10 prefectures (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Hyogo, Hokkaido, Hiroshima, Okinawa and Okayama) were still closed or were operating with reduced capacity and hours. Tokyo and Osaka account for 35% of the Japanese box office.

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Last week, the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan urged lawmakers to approve the resumption of operations from June 1 “on the assumption that we will take all possible measures against infectious diseases,” and noting that it does not there are “no clusters in movie theaters”. The letter was signed by the heads of the big companies Toho, Shochiku, Toei and Kadokawa, with the hashtag “#NOMORE Cinema closed”. They also called on national and local governments “to expand and provide money for cooperation” in light of the damage Covid has caused to the industry and also “to consider film distribution companies” .

Today, the Motion Pictures Producers Association, as well as the Japan National Federation of Entertainment and the Tokyo Metropolitan Entertainment Association of Living Hygiene, thanked the authorities for “acknowledging our claim, as well as those related to cinema who have strongly supported our claim, and above all, the moviegoers who encouraged us a lot.

Japan had rebounded strongly when theaters first reopened last year, especially with the runaway success of Demon Slayer – Kimetsu No Yaiba The Movie: Mugen Train which became the greatest movie ever to hit the market. This year, cinemas were closed in Tokyo and Osaka from April 25, and the state of emergency was extended on May 11.

Universal Studios Japan closed on April 25 this year and now says it will continue to implement improved health and safety protocols and capacity control measures while Osaka Prefecture remains in a state of repair. emergency, as well as beyond. Visitors will be encouraged to leave the park at different times to avoid traffic jams. Masks will be mandatory and there will be temperature controls at the entrance.

Doubt still hangs over the Olympics which are to begin on July 23 in Japan. As of Friday, only 4% of residents were vaccinated and most oppose the idea of ​​athletes from 200 countries showing up for the event; doctors and other officials have expressed strong objections.

Tokyo recorded 260 new cases of Covid on Monday, up from 340 last Monday, while Osaka had 98 – the first time the daily count has fallen below 100 since March 22, according to NHK.

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