When Japan decided to lift the nationwide state of emergency on May 25 while there still were confirmed COVID-19 cases in different prefectures, I presumed that the situation was going to get worse and that Japan was going to suffer from the ensuing relaxation of restrictions.

With the increasing number of new COVID-19 cases (topping 1,500 throughout the country on July 31), I know I was right.

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