The Japanese government is aiming to lift the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) state of emergency in nine prefectures: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Aichi, Fukuoka, Hokkaido, Okayama, and Fukushima.
The Japanese government had declared the current state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo prefectures on April 23.
The Japanese government then extended the state of emergency to May 31, and added Aichi and Fukuoka prefectures starting on May 12.
The state of emergency was intended to curb the amount of travel during the country’s Golden Week holidays in early May.
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