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Rush hour congestion eases at JR Shinjuku Station after Tokyo gov't coronavirus request

People are seen commuting in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on March 30, 2020, after the metropolitan government called on residents to refrain from going outside on the weekend as part of measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. (Mainichi/Tatsuro Tamaki)

TOKYO -- Notorious rush hour congestion at JR Shinjuku Station was relatively light on the morning of March 30 after the Tokyo Metropolitan Government had called on residents to stay at home over the weekend as part of measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The metropolitan government has also asked people to refrain from nonessential outings on weekdays from March 30. It has also requested companies to allow employees to work from home and introduce flexible commuting hours, while urging people to avoid going out at night.

(Japanese original by Haruna Okuyama, City News Department)

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