Japan Diet members speak in session without masks after 3-year mandate

In the Japanese Diet session that opened on Monday, lawmakers are allowed to speak on the podium without wearing face masks for the first time in nearly three years.

In April 2020, both chambers of the Diet introduced the mask requirement for the plenary halls and committee rooms as a measure against coronavirus infections.

The requirement has now been lifted for those speaking at the podium. People not speaking at the podium are still asked to wear masks.

In the Lower House, a clear partition has been set up between the podium and the seats for shorthand clerks.

The Upper House does not have such a partition because the clerks work some distance away.