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Tokyo to request new state of emergency to curb spread of coronavirus

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters are seen in this file photo. (Mainichi/Makoto Ogawa)

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is preparing to ask the national government to declare another state of emergency over the capital to curb the spread of coronavirus infections.

    Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike met with Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, on April 20 and conveyed her intention to make the request.

    The metropolitan government will hold a monitoring conference to gauge the state of infections on April 22, and make a final decision after hearing the opinion of experts. The metropolitan government is also considering making requests for business suspensions and is coordinating the details with the central government.

    (Japanese original by Hitomi Saikawa, Tokyo City News Department and Minami Nomaguchi, Political News Department)

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