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Japan gives nod to going maskless on trains starting March 13

Students also will not be requested to cover faces during school activities

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida takes off his mask before speaking to reporters on Feb. 10. Japan is to drastically ease COVID-19 guidelines on mask-wearing on March 13.

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan on March 13 will drastically ease COVID-19 guidelines regarding mask-wearing in schools and aboard public transportation as Prime Minister Fumio Kishida seeks to relax public health measures for economic and social activities.

Under the new guidelines, decided on by the government on Friday, passengers will only be recommended to wear face masks on trains and buses during rush hour or other occasions when public transport is especially congested, while students will not be requested to use them during school activities.

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