Japan is set to end the current state of emergency in Japan today


Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is set to remove the current state of emergency in Tokyo and further afield today, amid the current global health crisis.


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe


Removing the state emergency in these areas will allow life to go back to normal afterEconomy Minister, Yasutoshi Nishimura, asked experts on a government-commissioned panel to consider a plan to lift the measure.


Experts are expected to approve the plan during a meeting, before an official announcement by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at 6 p.m. (0900 GMT) on Monday.


Tokyo's state of emergency was announced on April 7, in parts of Japan including Tokyo, shortly after this it was expanded to the entire nation and extended until the end of May.


Japans state of emergency simply requested people to stay at home while non-essential businesses were asked to close or alternatively operate shorter hours, in order to minimise economic damage.


Mr. Nishimura said data suggests the infections are slowing quick enough and that medical systems are no longer under the same pressure as they were, therefore they should gradually resume social and economic activity.


Japan has 16,580 confirmed cases and 830 deaths, according to the health ministry.