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Tokyo looks to ease restrictions and get economy back on track

Three numerical criteria to be set for containing second wave of infection

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike speaks to reporters at a press conference on May 15. (Photo by Kosuke Imamura) 

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced on Friday a road map for easing restrictions on business operations and going out by residents, as Japan has recently recorded a decrease in new infections. The move came a day after after the Japanese government lifted its state of emergency declaration for much of the country -- though not the nation's capital.

"We will work to contain new cases of infection while at the same time getting social and economic activities back on track, and will make decisions step by step on [relaxing] requests for businesses to shut down and residents to refrain from going out," Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told reporters on Friday.

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