TOKYO — Japan is set to lift the coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and four other prefectures still on alert, ending seven weeks of economic restrictions and ushering in an uncertain “new normal” on Monday.
Yasutoshi Nishimura, Abe’s minister in charge of the coronavirus response, on Monday asked the expert panel on COVID-19 if the lifting of the emergency is feasible. The panel said yes. The government’s task force will finalize the decision later in the day.
“The experts recognized that it is no longer necessary to implement emergency measures in all prefectures, and the declaration of the cancellation