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  • May 18, 2020
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NHK gave top play to a report that the GOJ is expected to decide whether to lift the state of emergency for the remaining eight prefectures around May 21. NTV, Fuji TV, and TV Asahi led with reports that Tokyo confirmed five new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, while Osaka had zero new cases. TBS led with a report on the situation during the first weekend since 39 prefectures were removed from the state of emergency.


Front-page items in national papers included the growing use of telemedicine around the world amid the coronavirus pandemic, the confrontation between the U.S. and China over Taiwan’s proposed participation in the World Health Assembly set to start today, the Abe administration’s inclination to forgo its plan to enact during the current Diet session the unpopular bill designed to extend the mandatory retirement age for public prosecutors, and the alleged payment of cash by former Justice Minister Kawai and his wife Upper House member Anri to a number of prefectural and municipal assembly members in her district prior to her election last July.

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