Tokyo to Extend Request for Bars in 23 Wards to Cut Hours

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Tokyo, Aug. 27 (Jiji Press)--The Tokyo metropolitan government said Thursday that it has decided to ask bars and restaurants in the Japanese capital's 23 special wards to continue to shorten their operating hours until Sept. 15 in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

The request was initially set to expire at the end of August across Tokyo. The metropolitan government will uniformly provide 150,000 yen to eating and drinking establishments that follow the request and close by 10 p.m. for the first 15 days of September.

Meanwhile, the request will be lifted at the end of this month, as initially planned, in remote islands and the Tama western area of the Japanese capital.

In Tokyo, restaurants serving alcohol and karaoke parlors have been requested to shorten their operating hours by closing at 10 p.m. or earlier from Aug. 3 through the end of the month. The metropolitan government offers 200,000 yen to each establishment that follows this request.

As the number of new coronavirus cases confirmed in Tokyo has been on a declining trend after hitting a peak in early August, the metropolitan government had been preparing to remove the request across the board. But after some experts pointed to the need to keep the current strong measures in place, the metropolitan government eventually decided to extend the request for shorter operating hours in densely populated areas.

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