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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.

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