Japan’s leader slammed over ‘stay home’ coronavirus tweet

TOKYO (AP) — A tweet by Japan’s prime minister urging citizens to stay home to stop the coronavirus appears to have rubbed many people frustrated by his handling of the crisis the wrong way. The tweet is providing inspiration for satirical copycat videos by those sitting bored at home. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a month-long state of emergency in Tokyo and six other prefectures deemed at highest risk of an explosion of coronavirus infections just last week. The government is asking people there to stay at home. But the policy is voluntary and doesn’t come with compensation for cash-strapped workers. The video shows Abe seated in his home, stroking a dog, sipping from a cup and reading a book.