Japan’s parliament on Friday approved a bill to enable Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declare state of emergency to curb the coronavirus outbreak.

The law, passed in Japan’s upper house of parliament Diet, will remain valid for two years, local Kyodo news reported.

The lower house passed the draft law on Thursday after three days of debate.

“It’s important to carefully make a judgment based on various expert opinions given the grave impact [a declaration] would have on people’s everyday life,” Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference after the bill was passed.

“At this point,

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