Japan Lifts Coronavirus State of Emergency

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Japan announced on Monday that they lifted a state of emergency put in place nationwide since mid-April to stem the coronavirus pandemic six days early.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today ended the state of emergency in the Greater Tokyo metropolitan area and the northern province of Hokkaido, the last remaining areas of the country on high alert.

The move comes six days earlier than expected, with the national state of emergency initially set to run until May 31.