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Tokyo metro gov't puts downtown crowding info on web to prevent COVID-19 infections

A screenshot of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's website showing crowding in downtown areas.

TOKYO -- In its latest anti-coronavirus infection initiative, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is now providing information on crowding in major downtown areas on its website, in hopes that "visualizing" the crowdedness will discourage people from going out to heavily trafficked places.

    The information is based on NTT Docomo Inc.'s cell phone location data. It shows the congestion status every 500 meters in eight areas, including Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Ginza, on a four-level color-coded map. It will be updated every hour.

    In addition, during the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the metro government plans to release data-based predictions of the next day's congestion around competition venues. They will accumulate data daily to improve accuracy, and predict the impact of spectators' movements.

    The information is available at (in Japanese).

    (Japanese original by Asako Takeuchi, Tokyo City News Department)

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