Japan Extends Virus Emergency Covering Tokyo to May 31

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    Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga extended a state of emergency that covers Tokyo and expanded it to two more regions hit by rising virus cases, in an attempt to stem infections ahead of the capital’s hosting of the Olympics in less than three months.

    The move announced Friday adds the industrial region of Aichi and the southern prefecture of Fukuoka to areas subject to restrictions. It also extends the state of emergency already in place for Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto until the end of May.

    “The movement of people in Osaka and Tokyo has fallen considerably and the measures are beginning to have an effect,” Suga told his virus task force. “However, the number of new infections is high, particularly in the major cities and there is a shortage of hospital beds.”

    The expanded measure would cover about 40% of the economy and most major urban areas — increasing the risk of triggering a double-dip recession. A slow vaccine rollout has left the premier few tools to control the pace of infections, with the Olympics set to open July 23.

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    Japan is divided into 47 administrative prefectures and eight traditional regions. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, with more than 37.4 million residents.

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