Yoshihide Suga

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has drawn criticism for joining end of year social gatherings after imploring residents to avoid such parties as the country sees record numbers of coronavirus cases.

Despite his own public warnings against large group meals, Suga went ahead with a series of get-togethers this week, stirring up criticism from politicians and social media users, including his party’s coalition partner.

On Monday night, Suga joined six others, including senior officials at the ruling party, and gathered at a high-end steak restaurant in Tokyo’s Ginza district. All of them are over 70.

Leaving the restaurant, a 76-year-old actor Ryotaro Sugi told reporters it was a “year-end party”, where they talked about baseball.

Another attendee, Toshihiro Nikai, the secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said the dinner guests took off masks to eat but were careful enough.

Source: Japan Times

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