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JAPAN: Surging caseload suggests new state of emergency is only the beginning

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On Thursday, 7 January, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga officially declared a month-long state of emergency for Tokyo and its neighboring prefectures of Chiba, Saitama, and Kanagawa. The announcement came as the country set new records for case numbers nationwide – 7,571 new cases – and in 20 prefectures, including Tokyo, which reported 2,447 new cases, significantly higher than the previous record of 1,591. Accordingly, although the state of emergency announced Thursday is limited in terms of both geographic scope and the restrictions introduced, the trajectory of the pandemic suggests that
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