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Japan to lift coronavirus alert in Tokyo and all areas

Three-stage plan and second-wave fears mean businesses face long road

The famous scramble crossing in front of Tokyo's Shibuya Station on May 10: The city's state of emergency is likely to be lifted soon. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

TOKYO -- Japan is set to lift the coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and four other prefectures still on alert, ending seven weeks of economic restrictions and ushering in an uncertain "new normal" on Monday.

Yasutoshi Nishimura, Abe's minister in charge of the coronavirus response, on Monday asked the expert panel on COVID-19 if the lifting of the emergency is feasible. The panel said yes. The government's task force will finalize the decision later in the day.

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