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COVID-19: Weekly Shonen Jump States Possibility of Hiatus on Series

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COVID-19: Weekly Shonen Jump States Possibility of Hiatus on Series

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Weekly Shonen Jump reveals on May 11 that there lies a possibility of offering issues lacking of one and/or some series, due to measures against COVID-19 in the future. The magazine is popular and famous with ONE PIECE, My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia), Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba), and so on.

The statement comes after the ongoing threat of COVID-19. It says the editorial department asks manga artists to proceed with their series with a minimum risk of infection, which requires them a significant amount of time. They therefore predict that some series will end up needing to take a hiatus.

If it occurs, the information will be provided on the official site and Twitter page.
Follow the official page @jump_henshubu to keep you updated on the matter: https://twitter.com/jump_henshubu

COVID-19 has affected the department before.
On April 8 2020, it announced that one of the staff had been suspected of being infected with the virus and absent since April 2. The department had shifted to work from home since April 6, however, was temporally halted and Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #21 2020, which had been supposed to be released on April 20, was postponed a week and merged into the next issue as Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #21&22. Shueisha, the publisher of the magazine, announced on April 13 that the staff tested positive for COVID-19 on April 13.

On April 8, the Japanese government declared a state of emergency for 7 prefectures including the Capital, Tokyo, which was expanded to the whole nation on April 16, to slow the spread of COVID-19 from April 8 to May 6.
On May 4, it was extended to May 31.
[Updated on May 14] On May 14, 39 prefectures were excluded from the state of emergency. 8 prefectures remain; Hokkaido, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Kyoto, Osaka, and Hyogo.
[Updated on May 21] On May 21, Kyoto, Osaka, and Hyogo were excluded from the state of emergency. Hokkaido, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, and Kanagawa remain.

Via – Weekly Shonen Jump Official Twitter Account
https://twitter.com/jump_henshubu/status/1259680124284198912
https://twitter.com/jump_henshubu/status/1259639881451495424
Via – Weekly Shonen Jump Official Website
https://www.shonenjump.com/j/2050/05/11/500511_oshirase001.html
https://www.shonenjump.com/j/2020/04/08/200408_oshirase001.html
Via – Shueisha
https://www.shueisha.co.jp/info/20200413.pdf
Via – Japanese Government
https://corona.go.jp/news/pdf/kinkyujitaisengen_gaiyou0504.pdf
Updated on May 14
Via – Japanese Government Official Twitter Account Shushou Kantei Saigai Kiki Kanri Jouhou
https://twitter.com/Kantei_Saigai/status/1260883214400237568
Updated on May 21
Via – Japanese Government Official Twitter Account Shushou Kantei Saigai Kiki Kanri Jouhou
https://twitter.com/Kantei_Saigai/status/1263407155299840000

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