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Tokyo Starting to Adapt to New Normal after Virus Emergency Ends

Tokyo Starting to Adapt to New Normal after Virus Emergency Ends

   Tokyo, June 1 (Jiji Press)--Stores and other facilities in Tokyo, and residents in the Japanese capital are starting to adapt to the new normal of balancing measures to prevent novel coronavirus infection and economic activity a week after the Japanese government fully lifted its state of emergency over the epidemic.
   The Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library in Minato Ward reopened on Monday after a suspension of about three months. Visitors are required to make reservations for visits beforehand and are allocated two-hour slots during which they could enter.
   "The university library isn't open, so I've been struggling with writing my thesis," said Yuriko Yazawa, a 28-year-old graduate student of Chiba University, which is located in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.
   She visited the metropolitan library for a book on the history of sericulture. "I made a reservation (for a visit) as soon as I learned of the reopening," said Yazawa, a resident of the city of Higashimurayama in Tokyo.
   Corporate workers lined up in front of food trucks outside an office complex in Tokyo's Otemachi business district during lunchtime the same day. A 27-year-old real estate company employee, a resident of Setagaya Ward in Tokyo, who bought Hawaiian food from a truck, said that she has been to the company office for the first time in about two months and that she is "slightly uneasy about eating inside a restaurant."

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