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Tokyo calls for extended 'stay home' Golden Week holiday

Japan's capital wants fewer commuters as daily new infections remain above 100

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike calls for further actions to companies and residents in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus. (Photo by Masayuki Kozono)

TOKYO -- The governments of Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures of Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa have asked companies to let employees take 12 straight days off during Golden Week, from April 25 through May 6, to cut down on the number of commuters as the coronavirus continues to spread.

Tokyo is calling on residents to reduce grocery shopping trips to once every three days. The capital will ask supermarkets and other retailers to set aside specific opening hours for seniors and others who have difficulty going out.

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