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Suga insists safe Olympics possible as Japan expands COVID emergency

Hokkaido, Okayama, Hiroshima prefectures are added to state of emergency from Monday

Reporters raise their hand during a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on May 14. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday that he believes rigorous control measures will "make it possible to hold a safe and secure Tokyo Olympics while protecting the lives and health of our citizens."

His statement comes the same day the government expanded its COVID-19 state of emergency to include three more prefectures amid rising infections.

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