Japan's health ministry says it confirmed 33,440 new cases of the coronavirus nationwide on Thursday.
The daily tally was down 8,733 from a week ago.
The ministry also says 91 people died after contracting the virus, up 17 from Wednesday.
The number of seriously ill patients on ventilators or ECMO heart-lung machines was 149, down 11 from Wednesday.
In the capital Tokyo, the ministry confirmed 3,042 new cases of the virus on Thursday. The figure was down 1,990 from a week ago.
Seven people died after contracting COVID-19 in the capital.
The number of seriously ill patients was 10, unchanged from Wednesday.