Japan puts Osaka, 2 other areas under virus semi-emergency

  • People wear face masks as they make their way in Osaka, western Japan Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Japan is set to designate Osaka and two other prefectures for new virus control steps Thursday as infections in those areas rise less than four months before the Tokyo Olympics. (Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO — Japan on Thursday designated Osaka and two other areas for new virus control steps as infections there rise less than four months before the Tokyo Olympics.