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Coronavirus

Japan's data usage surges 40%, raising overload fears

Stay-home push nears limits of network capacity, experts warn

A man wearing a protective mask takes a selfie at Tokyo's Shibuya shopping district.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The volume of internet data used in Japan jumped 40% in roughly a month, industry figures show, prompting concerns about overwhelming the network.

This comes as Japanese schools remain in limbo over whether to reopen following a lengthy break. The risks from the novel coronavirus have also led to an upswing in telecommuting and video-streaming from home.

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