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Coronavirus

Japan extends call to avoid nightclubs and bars nationwide

Shinzo Abe also wants number of commuters reduced by 70% as virus spreads

Tokyo's Kabukicho nighttime entertainment district. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 11 asked all 47 of the country's governors to strongly request that residents not visit nightclubs, hostess bars or busy downtown spots.   © Kyodo

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan will allow governors of all 47 prefectures to "strongly request" that their residents refrain from visiting nightclubs, hostess bars and busy downtown spots in a push to prevent cluster infections of the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday.

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