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Tokyo, Osaka restaurants set to resume late-night hours as COVID-19 ebbs

Cities lift restrictions in place since April that covered most of Japan

Tokyo's Shinbashi neighborhood is a popular destination for those seeking after-work drinks.   © Kyodo

TOKYO/OSAKA -- Japanese tipplers will be able to return to their normal carousing on Monday when pubs in the capital and Osaka resume full operating hours as the number of new coronavirus infections continues to drop.

The decisions were made Thursday by local coronavirus task forces.

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