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                                A statue of a Japanese Akita dog named “Hachiko” wearing a face mask is seen near Shibuya Station today in Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures to ramp up defenses against the spread of the new coronavirus. Hachiko has waited for its owner, University of Tokyo Prof. Eizaburo Ueno, at the same place by the station every afternoon, expecting him to return home for nearly 11 years even after Ueno’s death at work.
Japan’s state of emergency is no lockdown. What’s in it?

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other hard-hit Japanese prefectures to fortify the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. But this is no European or Wuhan-style lockdown. Here’s look at what Japan’s state of emergency entails. Read more

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