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Japan's efforts to battle the coronavirus have shown how young women are among those particularly vulnerable to social pressures deeply rooted in the country's emphasis on conformity.   © Nikkei montage
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Japan's virus vigilantes underscore 'suffocating' society

Rising suicides show dark side of peer pressure behind COVID containment success

RURIKA IMAHASHI and NANA SHIBATA, Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO -- Bar owner Hiroaki Murata's spring pandemic nightmare is back to haunt him just as a coronavirus third wave descends on Japan with the approach of winter.

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