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20 Jan 2015
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BY Nakagawa Saori l NHK World Correspondent

Across Tokyo, areas usually bustling with activity were quiet during the first weekend after the government declared a state of emergency to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Closure requests from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to six business categories went into effect on Saturday. Amusement facilities, universities and cram schools, sports and recreation facilities, and event and exhibition venues were among those affected.

The government has also asked restaurants, including Japanese-style izakaya pubs, to operate only between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m., and to stop serving alcohol at 7 p.m.

Governor Koike Yuriko has said the government will provide subsidies to small- and mid-sized firms that fully comply with the requests.

She added that hospital visits and outings to buy essential items, such as groceries, will not be restricted.


Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko says the capital remains at a critical phase in its fight to prevent an explosive rise in coronavirus infections.
Internet cafes are one of the businesses subject to the government request. Many such establishments in Tokyo cater to long-term customers with no fixed address who sleep in the booths. The government has begun offering these people temporary accommodation at business hotels and other facilities.

A 44-year-old man who has been moving between internet cafes for two months was given a room at a business hotel through Monday. He says he’s relieved to have a place to stay but that he is desperate to find a more permanent solution as soon as possible.

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6 Mar 2003
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She added that hospital visits and outings to buy essential items, such as groceries, will not be restricted.
I understand she really doesn't have the power to restrict anything except by public shaming, right? Does Abe even have the power to make legally binding requests? Even if not, they have a better shot at making it work in Japan than just about anywhere else.

Mark of Zorro

4 Oct 2012
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I find it both sad and inspiring.

On the one hand you can count on the Japanese to keep cool in a crisis.

On the other hand there are times when people should disobey, but the Japanese mostly won't even if they clearly should.
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