Major Japanese Cities Go Quiet as State of Emergency Declared

By Kyodo News 8 April 2020

TOKYO–Tokyo and some other major cities in Japan appeared unusually quiet on Wednesday with many stores shut and fewer people in the streets, a day after a state of emergency was declared over the new coronavirus outbreak.

Aside from supermarkets, drugstores and others providing critical services, many businesses in Tokyo, Osaka and the five other prefectures for which the emergency was declared have decided to stay closed through May 6 in line with the government’s request for people to stay at home and limit social contact.

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