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Abe and Gov. Koike tussle over Tokyo's business closures

Central government fears capital's shutdown plans will devastate economy

Japan's central government expects cafes to stay open during the state of emergency.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A familiar battle is unfolding here between a local governor trying to close down all businesses to contain COVID-19 and a central government hoping to minimize the economic impact. 

Just as U.S. President Donald Trump and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have been trading barbs over airwaves over just how much of the society to shut down, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike are wrangling over the extent of business restrictions.

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