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Coronavirus

Tokyo night transport to be cut despite loose state of emergency

Railways bring forward last trains to support curfew, while taxis will continue

Mask compliance is near 100% among Tokyo's rush-hour commuters who often have no choice but to disregard social distancing measures.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's public transport providers are considering limiting operations to reduce mobility under the country's new coronavirus state of emergency, which is largely voluntary with no effective punishments for those who do not comply with curfews.

The municipal governments of Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures of Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama requested train operators on Thursday to bring forward the hours of their last trains under the state of emergency, which is expected to last until Feb. 7. By Friday, the national government had made the same request to the operators.

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