Universal Studios Japan revealed on Friday that it was extending its temporary shutdown, after the Japanese government extended the state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures on Friday until the end of May. The theme park was temporarily closed with the declaration of the new state of emergency on April 25 due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
However, several other theme parks will reopen. Nijigen no Mori Theme Park in Hyogo Prefecture will reopen its Shin-chan pencil May 12, but will limit the number of people in the park. In addition, the Sanrio Puro Land and Yomiuri Land theme parks will reopen on May 14 and 12, respectively.
TOHO CINEMA confirmed on Monday that it will continue to close its cinemas in Tokyo and Osaka until May 31 (when the current state of emergency is due to end). The channel will also limit the hours it will serve food, including in prefectures not covered by the current state of emergency. Sunshine Cinema also revealed that its theaters will continue to remain closed. TOHO and most of the other major Japanese cinema chains temporarily closed cinemas in prefectures covered by the state of emergency on April 25.
The Fukuoka prefectural government canceled the Tokyo Olympic Games torch relay for the prefecture. The torch relay was due to take place this week in the prefecture, but on Friday the Japanese government added Fukuoka prefecture to a state of emergency in Japan. The torch relay in Okayama Prefecture is also “unlikely” to be driven on public roads according to The Mainichi, and can also be completely undone. Fukuoka was the first prefecture to cancel the relay entirely. The torch relay in Osaka Prefecture was diverted from public roads and torchbearers took turns in an empty park instead. Last week, six torch relay staff in Kagoshima tested positive for COVID-19.
Additionally, Bushiroad announced on Sunday that seven wrestlers and two staff from his New Japan Pro Wrestling were recently diagnosed with COVID-19 in a cluster infection. The organization postponed two events on May 15 and 29.
Sources: Universal Studios Japanof website, By Mainichi Shimbun Mantan Web, Nijigen no Mori’s website, NHK Going through Hachima Kikō, Toho (link 2), Sunshine Cinema, The Mainichi (link 2) Going through Hachima Kikō, Tokyo Sports Going through Hachima Kikō