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Suga extends Tokyo COVID emergency as Olympics hang in balance

Data shows results and shortcomings of loose restrictions, prolonged for 2 weeks

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga explains the decision to extend the emergency in Tokyo on March 5. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japan's COVID-19 cases are falling thanks to, or perhaps despite, loose restrictions on economic activity. But with zero hour approaching for a decision on the fate of the Tokyo Olympics, the government is taking no chances and extended the state of emergency in the capital Friday evening.

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