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Japan’s Suga to Decide Friday on Tokyo Virus Emergency Extension

  • Tokyo Governor calls for restrictions to remain until May 31
  • Osaka also seeking extension as infections continue to spread
Travelers at Tokyo Station As Japan's Golden Week Starts
Photographer: Soichiro Koriyama/Bloomberg
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he would decide Friday on extending a state of emergency for Tokyo and three other regions, as he tries to stem a surge in Covid-19 infections ahead of the capital hosting the Olympics from July.

Suga told reporters Thursday he would first consult an expert panel on details including the length of time and the regions to be covered. He was speaking after local leaders called for restrictions to stay in place as infections are putting strains on some medical systems.