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Tokyo mulling April 29-May 9 state of emergency declaration: source

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike is seen speaking to reporters at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Shinjuku Ward, on April 20, 2021. (Mainichi/Hitomi Saikawa)

TOKYO -- Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike is preparing to set the period of a state of emergency declaration over the long "Golden Week" holiday between April 29 and May 9 and ask large commercial complexes including department stores to temporarily close down during that time, a source close to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) told the Mainichi Shimbun.

    Koike met with LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai on April 20 and conveyed her intention to request the central government to declare another state of emergency for the capital to curb the spread of coronavirus infections. Osaka Prefecture has already asked the government to issue a state of emergency, and Koike expressed her intention to follow suit to have the emergency declaration in place for Tokyo at the same time as Osaka.

    Regarding the timing of the end to what would be a third state of emergency, Koike is also considering delaying it for about a week from May 9 depending on the state of infections. The central government will consider issuing the emergency declaration after the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's request.

    (Japanese original by Jun Aoki, Political News Department)

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