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Japan to extend COVID emergency through end of May

Formal decision expected on Friday, with Aichi and Fukuoka to be added

Commuters shuffle across a street in Tokyo's Marunouchi business district on May 6 after the long Golden Week holidays. (Photo by Yo Inoue)

TOKYO -- Japan is preparing to extend the state of emergency in Tokyo and three prefectures until the end of May, as infections remain stubbornly high and hospitals face capacity limits.

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