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Asia and world seek different paths to exit coronavirus crisis

Singapore, India, and US look to strike balance between public and economic health

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's news conference on the coronavirus emergency is displayed on a large screen in Tokyo on May 14.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan, its Asian neighbors, European countries and the U.S. are all looking to carve their own unique paths toward the same destination -- an exit from the coronavirus crisis that has hammered their economies.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday evening announced he would lift the state of emergency in 39 of the country's 47 prefectures. Tokyo, one of the world's most populous metropolitan areas, and other big cities remain on alert, but their status will be reassessed in a week.

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