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Tokyo governor to seek extension for COVID state of emergency

With decline in cases slowing, capital-area leaders favor two more weeks

Downtown Chiba in January: The slowing decline in COVID cases has raised concerns among the governors in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

TOKYO -- Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike is preparing to ask the Japanese government to extend the coronavirus state of emergency in the greater Tokyo area, likely by about two weeks, sources told Nikkei on Tuesday.

The capital region has been under a second state of emergency since Jan. 7 in response to a third wave of infections in Japan.

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