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Japan to lift state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo

Declaration to remain in place for Tokyo, Hokkaido and three prefectures

People walk on a nearly empty street in Osaka's Dotonbori entertainment district on March 14. Advisories restricting movement in the city will soon be lifted.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan will lift the state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures on Thursday in a move expected to quickly normalize business in the western part of the country, Nikkei has learned.

The emergency restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus are set to remain in place in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures as well as in Hokkaido.

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