Japan Ends 7-Week COVID-19 State of Emergency

TOKYO – Japan’s nationwide state of emergency completely ended Monday after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared the removal of restrictions for Tokyo and the neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, as well as the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido ahead of the planned deadline of May 31.

Abe has already lifted the new coronovirus emergency in 42 of the country’s 47 prefectures last week. - Florenda Corpuz