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Abe instructs state of emergency to be extended around a month

Panel of experts ask Japan to continue restrictions despite slowing virus

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters at the prime minister's office in Tokyo Friday. (Photo by Arisa Moriyama)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that the nation's state of emergency will be extended for around a month, beyond the initial May 6 deadline.

"Upon receiving updates from experts, I have instructed Minister [Yasutoshi] Nishimura to swiftly make the necessary preparations to extend the current structure of the state of emergency for around a month," Abe said, referring to his coronavirus response chief. "I would like to make the formal decision on May 4," he said.

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