Schools and day-care facilities in Japan will reopen from Monday after the government relaxed restrictions in areas hit by the new strain of influenza.
According to the officials of Japanese cities of Hyogo and Osaka, worst hit by the H1N1 epidemic, the pace of infection has slowed down significantly in both the western prefectures since the outbreak touched an all time high on May 17.
Among Japan's total of 338 confirmed cases, Hyogo had reported the highest number of cases 176 while Osaka had 147.
"It has been only a week (since the first outbreak) and it is still difficult to say that it has peaked out," an official of the Hyogo government said.
Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare on the basis of figures sent by local governments also confirmed that the pace of infection has shown a downward trend with only 77 cases being reported on Wednesday.
However, a ministry official, sounded a cautious note saying that there may be many unreported cases as well.
"It's possible that we will receive a number of cases that have not been reported yet after the weekend, and I think we will have to watch carefully about whether the new strain is fading away in Japan," the official said.
The Japanese government on Friday had adopted a more liberal policy for battling the new flu to minimise the impact on people's daily lives and business.