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Japan to ease COVID restrictions, allow eateries to serve alcohol

Vaccinated people will be able to travel domestically, and large events permitted

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai) 

TOKYO -- Japan has decided to relax some restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, unveiling plans to allow restaurants to serve alcohol and permit vaccinated people to travel from this autumn.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said at a news conference on Thursday that the country plans to finish inoculating all citizens who wish to receive shots by October or November.

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