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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo Olympics plan for late-night trains stops governors in tracks

Top officials in Saitama and Chiba prefectures voice fears of virus surge

Some train lines serving Tokyo will operate as late as 2 a.m. to accommodate Olympic spectators. (Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto)

TOKYO -- Train service in the Tokyo area will run longer hours to accommodate events that finish well into the evening, fueling concern that late-night commuters will spur a new wave of coronavirus infections.

The Tokyo Organizing Committee announced Wednesday that rail services will operate at a greater frequency during the Olympics, with the last trains scheduled past normal shutdown times, which are between midnight and 1 a.m.

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