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Tokyo set to drop all coronavirus business restrictions on June 19

Karaoke and theme parks resume as capital lifts alert for potential second wave

Tokyo will lift its coronavirus alert and ease restrictions on business operations. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- The Tokyo metropolitan government will lift all business restrictions on June 19 after the capital on Thursday rescinded its "state of alert" warning of a potential second wave of COVID-19 infections.

Immediately after the state of emergency was lifted last month, Tokyo issued its first alert on June 2. The alert did not lead to stricter social distancing, but advised caution.

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