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Japan remains cautious about declaring a COVID-19 state of emergency in Tokyo and elsewhere — despite a surge in cases of the omicron variant and calls for tougher measures — over concerns such a move could have a potentially huge social and economic impact.

“A quasi-state of emergency has already started, and our basic thinking is that we will confirm its effect, see how the situation develops and work closely with municipalities before comprehensively making a decision,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters Monday.

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