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Tokyo area extends nightlife curbs 3 more weeks to April 21

Tokyo Gov. Koike warns of another uptick in COVID-19 cases

Empty tables at a restaurant in Tokyo: many establishments in the Japanese capital have been operating under reduced hours since November.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures will ask restaurants, bars and other establishments to reduce their hours for three more weeks until Apr. 21 in a bid to prevent a resurgence in coronavirus cases.

Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama prefectures had asked such businesses to close by 9 p.m. until Mar. 31. But their governors in a Wednesday teleconference agreed to extend the request, citing the start of the new school and fiscal year in April as possibly leading to a surge in parties and other gatherings.

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