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Japan lifts emergency in most areas though Tokyo remains on alert

Capital, Osaka, Kyoto and Hokkaido will have their status reviewed in 7 days

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announces that 39 of his country's 47 prefectures are now free of the government's emergency decree. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday evening that he has decided to lift the state of emergency for 39 of the country's 47 prefectures, effective immediately.

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