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Abe says he'll declare emergency, but won't lock down Japan's cities

But prime minister says lockdown is not necessary

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters at his official residence in Tokyo on Monday. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to declare a state of emergency in seven prefectures and announce a record economic stimulus package.

Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka prefectures will be covered by the decree which will start at midnight April 8 and is expected to stay until May 6. 

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