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With world on war footing, cautious Abe declares emergency

Tokyo and central government divided over which businesses to close

Abe told cabinet members on Sunday that he plans to declare a state of emergency.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- On Sunday afternoon, two days before declaring a state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and five other prefectures, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe corralled a handful of key officials involved in the coronavirus response.

A larger meeting of the task force had just concluded a short update meeting, and the prime minister asked a few members, including Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura and Health Minister Katsunobu Kato, to stay in the room.

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