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Is Japan listening? Stay-home request heeded, but not by all

Tokyo's movement restrictions still lax compared with NY and Paris

A street in Tokyo's popular Shibuya district was noticeably less busy on Saturaday than normal, but was far from deserted. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

TOKYO -- When Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike called an emergency news conference Monday night, reporters expected her to announce tougher restrictions on people's movements.

She had asked residents last Wednesday to stay home for the weekend as coronavirus cases began to surge, leading the Nikkei Stock Average to drop 4.5% the next day.

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