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Stations, Tourist Spots Quiet as Golden Week Begins

Stations, Tourist Spots Quiet as Golden Week Begins

   Tokyo, April 29 (Jiji Press)--Train stations and tourist spots were largely quiet in Tokyo and elsewhere under Japan's third coronavirus state of emergency as the Golden Week holiday period began Thursday.
   At JR Tokyo Station, only a few passengers were seen on platforms of the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train line, unlike during the Golden Week period before the COVID-19 outbreak.
   Occupancy rates for nonreserved seats of Shinkansen trains that departed the station by 10 a.m. reached only 60 pct at the highest and came below 10 pct in some cases, according to the Shinkansen operator, Central Japan Railway Co. <9022>, or JR Tokai.
   "I'm a bit uneasy (about the virus), but it's no use staying here," said a corporate employee in his 50s, who was on his way to his hometown in Hiroshima, western Japan. "I'll behave and refrain from going out throughout my stay."
   An 83-year-old from Saitama, near Tokyo, said he is not worried very much because he has been vaccinated. He plans to visit Shizuoka Prefecture with relatives including a 4-year-old granddaughter.

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