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Tokyo governor says lockdown in Japan is 'impossible'

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Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike speaks in an interview on Friday. (Photo by Rie Ishii) 

TOKYO -- Japanese law makes it "impossible" to impose a forced shutdown in Tokyo as seen in other global cities such as New York or Paris, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike told the Nikkei Asian Review.

"Because Japan's law puts emphasis on protecting personal rights, a lockdown is impossible," Koike said in an interview on Friday, adding that she can ask for "no more than voluntary restraint." Earlier in the day, she again urged the public to stay home at the weekend.

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