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Tokyo's Ameyoko Street Still Quiet 1 Month after Emergency

Tokyo's Ameyoko Street Still Quiet 1 Month after Emergency

   Tokyo, June 24 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo's popular Ameyoko shopping street remains much quieter than before the coronavirus crisis even a month after the government fully lifted its COVID-19 state of emergency May 25.
   Some life has returned to Ameyoko, lined with some 400 shops, as restrictions on business and travel were mostly relaxed. But it is far from the bustle typically seen before the outbreak, when the street was packed with shoppers including foreign tourists.
   "I thought about closing," said the manager of a popular "izakaya" dining bar in Ameyoko in the busy Ueno district.
   On Tuesday, several people were drinking in daylight in stand-up pub Uokusa, one of the many establishments located under a railway viaduct.
   The tiny pub, with a floor space of some 20 square meters, used to be crowded with customers, according to the manager. It reopened on June 1 after a two-month shutdown due to the outbreak.

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