July 17, 2020
Speech by the Governor of Tokyo, Koike Yuriko, at the Second Extraordinary Session of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly, 2020
In opening the second extraordinary session of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly in 2020, I would like to speak about our response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and other matters.
On June 5, Tokyo Honorable Citizen Mr. Kawasaki Tomisaku passed away. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.
Extensive damage has been brought upon the Kyushu and Chubu regions and throughout Japan due to torrential rain. Along with extending my deepest condolences to the families of those that passed away, I would also like to offer my heartfelt sympathies to all those who suffered damages.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) sent ready-to-use (liquid) baby formula to Hitoyoshi City, Kumamoto Prefecture in the Kyushu region and dispatched officials to Nagano Prefecture in the Chubu region. We will continue to carry out necessary support based on requests from those localities.
Even here in Tokyo, we don’t know when meteorological disasters will strike as we make our way through the rainy season and typhoon season. From the standpoint of avoiding a compound disaster in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic as well, we will steadfastly make preparations while cooperating with local municipalities.