Recently restrictions have been maintained only in Tokyo and four prefectures.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the state of emergency imposed in connection with the coronavirus, which remained in Tokyo and four other areas of the country.
Thus, the restrictions imposed were lifted across the country, while businesses began to resume operations.
Experts of the government Commission approved the lifting of the state of emergency in Tokyo, neighboring prefectures of Kanagawa, Chiba, and Saitama, as well as in Hokkaido in the North of the country, where there were more cases of infection. The state of emergency that was lifted in most of Japan earlier this month continued to apply in these areas.
During the state of emergency, residents were asked to stay at home, and secondary businesses were asked to close or reduce their work, without being subjected to coercive measures. After May 14, when these measures were lifted in most of Japan, more people started leaving their homes, and stores began opening.
In Japan, about 16,600 cases of coronavirus were recorded, and about 850 people died. Still, despite the mild nature of the restrictions, the country as a whole managed to avoid major outbreaks, such as those in the United States and Europe.