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Tokyo hit by panic buying as residents fear tighter coronavirus curbs

Shelves emptied ahead of spate of weekend closures at stores and restaurants

A shopper at a Tokyo supermarket browses empty instant noodle shelves on March 26. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Japanese consumers rushed to stock up on food and essential goods as uncertainty mounted about a possible Tokyo lockdown to try to stem a rise in coronavirus cases.

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