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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has decided to place Okinawa, Yamaguchi, and Hiroshima under a quasi-state of emergency from Sunday until Jan. 31, amid a surge in the country’s coronavirus cases spurred by the Omicron infections in U.S. military bases. Under the quasi-state of emergency, governors are allowed to impose stringent measures in the specified prefectures, such as shortening business hours and restricting the serving of alcohol in the prefectures. Certified dining establishments are not subject to such restrictions during the quasi-emergency, but they will be asked to halt dine-in alcohol service amid the government’s effort to curb the spread of the virus. “Infection numbers have been rising nationwide through the year-end, New Year period and community transmissions of Omicron have been reported in parts of the nation,” Kishida said at the task force meeting, Kyodo News reported. Japan reported a total of 6,214 new cases on Friday, with Okinawa …