A national travel discount campaign to boost the tourism industry, already suspended through this weekend, remains on hold during the state of emergency.The emergency is set to run through February 7, with compliance voluntary, though Suga is seeking to amend Japanese law so the rules can be enforced.
Mr. Suga launched a special appeal to young people by urging them to respect the instructions on stopping night outings.
The latest coronavirus data for Tokyo entails positive tests jumping to 2,447 today, from a record of 1,591 yesterday.
The new tough restrictions will remain in place until at least February 7, with a warning they will not be lifted in Tokyo until cases decline to 500 a day.
Instead, bars and restaurants have been asked to close by 8 p.m. and people to avoid going out after that hour.
Other businesses - from gyms to theme parks - are also likely to be asked to shorten hours, and telework will be encouraged with the goal of reducing commuter traffic by 70 percent.
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Schools will not close and major events will be permitted, with the cap for spectators revised down.
Referring to the scale of the pandemic "beyond imaginable", Mr. Suga said he was "confident in our ability to overcome this ordeal".
The measures are more relaxed compared to those under the previous state of emergency and there will be no punishment for those that fail to comply. They also pushed for more testing, which have lagged in Japan, being expensive and hard to get unless people who take them are severely ill.
Japan has been relatively spared from the pandemic so far compared to other countries, with some 3,700 officially recorded deaths since January 2020.
The weekend telephone survey was conducted as Japan is struggling with a resurgence of infections that have increased the strain on the country's medical system.
"I humbly accept (the criticism)", Suga told the program on public broadcaster NHK. "Balancing economic and public health concerns is. a very hard situation to manage".
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's government is seeking to limit damage to the world's third-biggest economy while striving to defeat the virus once and for all as it looks ahead to staging the postponed summer Olympics.
Pound, who has been on the International Olympic Committee since 1978, predicted 10 months ago in an interview with the Associated Press (AP) that the Games might be canceled because it could not be postponed considering its size.