Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba prefectures are currently under looser quasi-emergency restrictions but are seeing infections spike like in the capital.
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The 72-year-old has seen his support rate sink to just over 30% from around 70% when he took office last September.
Areas around the Fukushima plant remain off-limits, worries about radiation levels linger and many who left have settled elsewhere.
Critics say his re-evaluation was too little, too late, and risked leaving the image of a leader both stubborn and indecisive, without due care for public health.
Concerns about America's inward turn have simmered in Japan for years, intensifying in the face of China's growing military and economic assertiveness.
The prime minister visited a Tokyo hospital on Monday as concerns grew over his ability to continue in his post.
Many women lack the job security of male workers, with more than half holding vulnerable part-time, contract or temporary jobs.
To free up beds, patients requiring nonurgent surgery will likely be asked to wait, and others may be discharged earlier than usual, experts said.
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