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Tokyo's bars and restaurants stay open despite coronavirus curbs

City shortens list of businesses asked to close as economic worries mount

Restaurants, including izakaya pubs, will stay open until 8 p.m. and serve alcohol until 7 p.m. under Tokyo's business closure plans. (Photo by Koji Uema)

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to keep restaurants and pubs open with limited hours during Japan's monthlong state of emergency, in an about-face prompted by pressure from the central government. 

Tokyo Gov. Yurko Koike plans to announce the details Friday, hoping for swift business closures. 

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