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PM Abe informally decides to extend state of emergency in Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, exchanges words with Yuko Mori of the opposition Democratic Party for the People during a meeting of the House of Councillors Budget Committee on April 30, 2020. (Mainichi/Kan Takeuchi)

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 30 informally decided to extend the national state of emergency declared over the novel coronavirus pandemic. The state of emergency was originally due to end on May 6.

    Abe informed Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai of the planned extension during a meeting at the prime minister's office on April 30.

    The government will hold an expert committee meeting on May 1 to analyze the state of infections. It is expected to formally decide on the length of the extension toward the end of the "Golden Week" holiday period ending May 6.


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