Japan will end a state of emergency in parts of the country due to the corona pandemic at the end of this month.
The emergency measures could be lifted now that the number of infections is falling, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said.
In areas where the state of emergency is still in effect, the Japanese are urged only to go outside if absolutely necessary and avoid crowded locations.
Restaurants must close at 8 pm and are not allowed to serve alcohol. However, the restrictions in the catering industry will be gradually phased out.
The number of infections in Japan peaked on August 20. About 58 percent of the population is now fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Especially in the summer, many people are vaccinated.