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Suga faces make-or-break month with COVID-19 emergency extension

Olympics and upcoming elections raise stakes for Japan's pandemic response

Staff prepare to close an izakaya bar around 8 p.m. in Tokyo. Restrictions designed to curb the spread of COVID-19 have dealt a heavy blow to Japanese businesses.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- After extending Japan's state of emergency, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga now faces mounting pressure to bring COVID-19 under control quickly or risk jeopardizing the Tokyo Olympics and further harming the economy.

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