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Amid 'critical 3 weeks' of COVID, Japanese keep going out

Data shows little change in nightlife and tourism despite government pleas

Osaka's Minami district remains busy even as businesses are asked to curtail their hours.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Two weeks after Japan's government called for a focused three-week fight against a resurgent coronavirus outbreak, public behavior has barely budged even as daily case counts continue to set records.

Nikkei examined data from Docomo InsightMarketing, a unit of wireless carrier NTT Docomo, on traffic in entertainment districts and tourism hot spots in major cities. Most showed only slight declines in recent days compared with before Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister leading the government's virus response, said on Nov. 25 that the next three weeks would be "critical" to containing its spread.

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