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Tokyo spike is not a second wave, election-bound Koike says

Japan's capital torn over criteria for issuing coronavirus alert

Coronavirus cases are rising in Tokyo, though Gov. Yuriko Koike says the city is not experiencing a second wave. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

TOKYO -- Japan's capital faces a decision on if and when to declare a second wave of coronavirus infections, a debate that pits medical experts against Gov. Yuriko Koike's economic policy team.

Tokyo confirmed 54 new coronavirus cases Friday, the second-highest total since the state of emergency was lifted in the capital on May 25. But Koike, who seeks reelection in next month's gubernatorial race, stressed that the figure does not represent a drastic increase.

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