Asia Politics

Japan's Abe extends state of emergency to May 31

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses Parliament in Tokyo on March 23, 2020.
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he had decided to extend the country's national state of emergency to May 31.

Abe will consider lifting the state of emergency without waiting for its May 31 expiration if experts decide that is possible based on detailed analysis of regional infection trends, he said at the start of a meeting of the government's coronavirus task force.