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Japan to extend COVID restrictions for 30m people until after Olympics

Organizers under pressure to cut spectators if restrictions remain in Tokyo

Tokyo, which is hosting the Olympics in under three weeks, could face an extension of COVID measures, as cases remain high. (Photo by Shihoko Nakaoka) 

TOKYO -- Japan is set to extend its coronavirus quasi-state of emergency in Tokyo and three nearby prefectures a little more than two weeks ahead of the opening of the Olympic Games, Nikkei has learned.

A recent jump in coronavirus infections has prompted the government to postpone ending the voluntary restrictions on business and other activities the capital and neighboring Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba, together home to more than 30 million people. The measures were were originally set to end on July 11.

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