Japan’s State of Emergency was previously extended to May 31, but those restrictions have officially been lifted earlier than planned. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a press conference on May 25 to announce that the declaration of State of Emergency has now been lifted on the island of Hokkaido and in the Tokyo Capital Region, which includes Tokyo Metropolis, Chiba, Kanagawa, and Saitama prefectures.
This follows the cancellation of the State of Emergency in the Kansai region just last week. Tokyo was already going to partially re-open on May 25, including the opening of certain department stores and other businesses that would be operating under new conditions.
Tokyo also has a new system in place called the Tokyo Alert, which aims to combat the virus further. If new confirmed COVID-19 infections go above 50, or if half of the new confirmed infections are unable to be traced, the lifted restrictions may be put in place again.
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