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Coronavirus

Tokyo streets far from deserted after Abe declares emergency

Prime minister has little effect on public as local officials wonder what to do

The government has a long way to go before 80% of Tokyoites decide to stay home. (Photo by Hiroyuki Yamamoto)

TOKYO -- After Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency over the new coronavirus on Tuesday and called for reduced people-to-people contact, the streets of Tokyo were far from deserted.

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