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  • May 14, 2020
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Most TV networks and national papers led with reports that the GOJ will make a formal decision later today to lift the state of emergency for 39 prefectures. The networks said the state of emergency will remain in place for Hokkaido, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo, adding that the GOJ will consider around May 21 whether to lift the state of emergency for these prefectures. Fuji TV led with a report that Shobushi, a 28-year-old sumo wrestler, died of COVID-19 yesterday, saying that this is the first coronavirus-related death of someone under the age of 30 in Japan.

In addition to the plan to partially lift the state of emergency, all national dallies gave front-page play to the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s approval of a draft report concluding that Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd.’s nuclear fuel reprocessing plant at Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, meets the new safety standards.

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