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Abe declares end to Japan's coronavirus emergency

Prime minister trumpets reopening to counter slumping public approval ratings

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and four other prefectures on May 25. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and four other prefectures on Monday, ending seven weeks of economic restrictions and ushering in an uncertain "new normal."

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