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Japan fears Korean-style second wave of coronavirus

New clusters appear as malls and gyms reopen after emergency lifted

The Takashimaya department store in Tokyo's Nihonbashi district has re-opened after being shuttered for more than a month. (Photo by Makoto Okada)

TOKYO/ SEOUL -- After weeks of staying home during Japan's coronavirus state of emergency, Matsuko Higuchi just wanted to have her hair styled.

So the 84-year-old left her home in Ota Ward, on the outskirts the capital, and boarded a train for the roughly 40-minute journey to central Nihonbashi.

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