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Japan's PM Abe sends stay-at-home message with his own home video

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence, on April 7, 2020, in Tokyo. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Pool Photo via AP)

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's prime minister is sending the "stay home" message by example by posting on Twitter a video clip of him sitting at home.

    In a one-minute video posted Sunday, an expressionless Shinzo Abe cuddles his dog, reads a book, sips from a cup and clicks on a remote.

    Popular singer and actor Gen Hoshino is also featured in the video on a split screen, strumming on a guitar while at home. Hoshino performs his song advocating social distancing, which goes: "Let's survive and dance, each one of us, wherever we are, all of us as one, let's sing at home."

    Abe issued a state of emergency several days ago and later expanded that nationwide, asking people who can to work from home and businesses to close. The number of coronavirus cases in Japan has been growing recently, raising worries about inadequate social distancing and overloading hospitals.

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