Fukui Prefecture, Less than 10% of Pachinko Parlours Continue Operations
On April 28th, regarding the request for businesses within the prefecture to suspend operations, as a measure to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Fukui Prefecture reported at 40% of net cafes and less than 10% of pachinko parlours have not been complying with the request.
In the April 28th press conference, Fukui Prefectural Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto pointed out, “Most businesses have been cooperating in suspending operations; however, there are some which are not.” While a request to suspend business has already been resent, governor Sugimoto stated, “When asking what to do after looking at the current results, we will first request for cooperation,” in regards to publicizing the establishments not complying with the request, based on the Novel Coronavirus Special Measures Act.
Fukui Prefecture had requested roughly 100 industries to suspend operations from April 25th to May 6th. April 25th and 28th were spent investigating the business suspension situation, by visiting or contacting establishments using information obtained through the internet or the phone book. The results of the investigation showed that 100% of karaoke boxes, bowling alleys, and movie theatres were closed.
On the other hand, up to 60% of net cafes were cooperating with the suspension request. 96% of sports clubs were closed, as well as 92% of pachinko parlours. Fukui Prefecture has sent another request for business suspension to establishments still operating. The number of establishments investigated was not disclosed.
Furthermore, regarding the request to reduce the operating hours of restaurants, coffee shops, izakayas, and other businesses serving food, an investigation, which took a random pool of establishments, showed that 100% have been cooperating with the request.
Concerning the business suspension request, each area has a pachinko parlour not complying with the request, and there have been an increasing movement of publicly calling out the establishments.