Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received an angry response from some Twitter users on Sunday after sharing a video of himself lounging on a sofa with his dog, drinking and reading tea, with a message that people asked to stay at home.
"Who do you Think You Are?" has become a top trend on Twitter, with users saying Abe's message ignores the plight of those struggling for a living during the Corona virus outbreak.
Abe's video with his dog was an answer to the well-known musician Gen Hoshino, who uploaded a video in which he sang about indoor dancing and invited people to collaborate.
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– @ 倍 晋 @ (@AbeShinzo) April 12, 2020
"At a time when people are struggling to survive to show a video of such a luxury … one can only ask: Who do you think you are?" Said a Twitter user.
Other Twitter users defended Abe, saying that even the prime minister should be given downtime.
Abe's representatives were not immediately available for comments outside of normal office hours.
The number of new coronavirus infections in Japan has exceeded 7,000, reported the public broadcaster NHK. It was the first weekend since Japan declared a state of emergency in large population centers to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
As of Tuesday, the state of emergency will encompass the city of Sapporo on the north island of Hokkaido, NHK reported. Local authorities ordered schools in Sapporo and some neighboring areas to be closed.
Sapporo's state of emergency is expected to continue until May 6 and other public facilities will be closed while residents are asked to stay in the house for non-essential business, NHK said.
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