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  • May 21, 2020
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NHK and Fuji TV gave top coverage to reports that the GOJ has decided to lift the state of emergency for Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo later today, while keeping it in place for Hokkaido, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba for the time being. NTV led with a report that Tokyo confirmed five new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 5,075. TBS and TV Asahi focused on a tabloid allegation that the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office chief Hiromu Kurokawa played mahjong for money with three journalists on two occasions in early May despite the state of emergency over the coronavirus.

 

Major front-page stories in national papers include the Japan High School Baseball Federation’s decision to cancel this summer’s national tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic, growing calls from the ruling and opposition camps for Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office chief Kurokawa to step down following the tabloid report that he played mahjong for money amid the coronavirus situation, and the first-ever operation in Japan last October to inject liver tissue created from embryonic stem cells into a newborn suffering from a serious hereditary disease.

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