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Japan reassesses Tokyo and Osaka emergency restrictions Thursday

New cases in capital slow, but unease over low testing remains

Japan on Thursday will examine whether to ease coronavirus restrictions in Tokyo. The city has a significantly lower death toll than similarly sized global cities. (Photo by Kai Fujii)

TOKYO -- After lifting the state of emergency in much of the country, Japan on Thursday will examine whether to ease coronavirus-related restrictions in the remaining regions, including Tokyo.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government and health experts on an advisory panel say they are considering numerous criteria "comprehensively," but one deciding factor will be the number of cases ahead of Thursday's discussion.

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