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Tokyo unveils toothless coronavirus rules as cases hit record high

Restaurants and bars stay open until 8 p.m.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike launched a stepped-up campaign against the coronavirus on Friday. (Photo by Arisa Moriyama)

TOKYO -- The Tokyo municipal government launched a stepped-up campaign against the coronavirus on Friday, requesting a full or partial shutdown of businesses in the region.

But the measures still fall short of the draconian restrictions introduced in other virus-hit countries such as Italy, Spain or the US, underlining the challenges Japan faces in dealing with the unprecedented crisis.

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