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Kyoto and Fukuoka set to reopen as Japan relaxes virus alert

State of emergency to remain in effect in Tokyo, Osaka and Hokkaido

A tourist spot in Kyoto. The prefecture is among five former areas of concern where Japan is considering lifting an emergency decree due to the coronavirus. (Photo by Toshiki Sasazu)

TOKYO -- Japan will consider lifting its state of emergency for five prefectures previously designated as potential hot spots for coronavirus outbreaks, including popular tourist destination Kyoto, but Tokyo, Osaka and Hokkaido will remain covered by the decree, Nikkei has learned.

Kyoto, Aichi, Fukuoka, Ibaraki and Gifu prefectures are candidates to be excluded from the declaration, along with all 34 prefectures not on the alert list. Aichi Prefecture includes Nagoya, Japan's fourth-largest city.

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