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No Changes in Flows of Commuters as Virus Emergency Begins

No Changes in Flows of Commuters as Virus Emergency Begins

   Tokyo, Jan. 8 (Jiji Press)--No changes were seen in busy flows of commuters at major train stations in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures Friday morning as a fresh state of emergency came into effect in the Japanese capital's metropolitan area to stop coronavirus cases from increasing further.
   The situation was in stark contrast to April last year, when stations became nearly empty as a coronavirus state of emergency was imposed for the first time in Japan.
   At Shinagawa Station in Tokyo's Minato Ward, which is served by Japan Railways Group and other operators, rows of commuters were passing through ticket barriers around 8 a.m.
   A 56-year-old company worker from Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, said she will shift to remote working next week. She said teleworking causes some inconveniences to her, making communication with colleagues difficult, for example.
   At the same time, the company worker said: "It's natural that a state of emergency has been put in place because the number of coronavirus cases is growing. The measure should have come much earlier."

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