• Kyodo


Japan is considering lifting the COVID-19 quasi-state of emergency for 18 prefectures upon its expiration next week as the number of infections in those areas has been decreasing, a government source said Monday.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government plans to make a final decision Wednesday on the possible lifting ahead of the emergency’s expiration on March 21, the source said.

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