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Abe comes down on side of economy with decision to reopen Tokyo

Prime minister stops short of stricter criteria for new coronavirus cases

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a May 25 meeting of his government's coronavirus advisory panel with member Shigeru Omi, left, a former World Health Organization official. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Anxious about the state of Japan's economy, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe huddled with cabinet members ahead of Monday's decision to lift the coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and four other regions.

"Let's go with this," he said Sunday night, drawing agreement from  economic and fiscal policy chief Yasutoshi Nishimura as well as Health Minister Katsunobu Kato, people familiar with the discussions said.

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