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The number of coronavirus infections fell in many regions in Japan this year after the introduction of a quasi-state of emergency, but some experts question its effectiveness. (Source photo by AP) 

Japan's COVID curbs on dining and gatherings yielded mixed results

Nearly 1 in 4 prefectures that adopted measures failed to stem spread of virus

AKIRA MAEMURA, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Were Japan's COVID measures effective enough?

Amid the latest wave of coronavirus cases from January to March, 36 of the nation's prefectures declared a quasi-state of emergency, but nearly a quarter failed to reduce the number of infections two months after restrictions such as shortened restaurant hours were introduced.

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