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Coronavirus

Tokyo area urges government to declare state of emergency

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Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, second from right, meets with Japanese Economic Policy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, center, along with the governors of Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba prefectures.

TOKYO -- The governors of Tokyo and its three neighboring prefectures on Saturday called on the Japanese government to declare a state of emergency to combat the surging coronavirus.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, Saitama Gov. Motohiro Ono, Kanagawa Gov. Yuji Kuroiwa and Chiba Gov. Kensaku Morita issued the request to Yasutoshi Nishimura, the government's coronavirus point man, during a meeting that lasted for over three hours.

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