World News

Japan PM to hold news conference on coronavirus on Thursday

FILE PHOTO:Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, wearing a protective mask, attends a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan April 17, 2020. Kiyoshi Ota/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold a news conference at 6:00 p.m. (0900 GMT) on Thursday to discuss the nation’s coronavirus situation, the foreign ministry said.

The statement did not elaborate further, but Kyodo news agency said Abe planned to express his views on the partial lifting of a nationwide state of emergency, imposed last month to contain coronavirus infections.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Andrew Heavens