, 2020-04-04 07:00:00,
Does this mean young people are heeding the government’s advice to stay at home?
Japan is currently standing at a critical juncture in its fight to contain the growing coronavirus pandemic, with Prime Minister Abe saying the country is “on the brink” of declaring a national emergency as the number of new cases continue to rise each day.
While a growing sense of uncertainty is being felt around the country, nowhere is the threat more great than in the nation’s capital of Tokyo. Just this past week, Tokyo has seen its number of new coronavirus cases double, reaching numbers greater than anywhere else in the country with a frighteningly high 97 new cases recorded in the city on 2 April.
The steep rise in the curve has prompted Tokyo Governor, Yuriko Koike, to urge people to avoid going out at night, stay home as much as possible, and avoid all non-urgent and non-essential travel. While previous requests for restraint on outdoor activities did little to stop people from meeting up for hanami cherry blossom-viewing parties in parks, there’s now an increased sense of urgency to the message. This prompted our reporter P.K. Sanjun to wonder: Are young people now heeding the government’s advice to stay indoors?
If you want to see what the city’s young people are up to, the place to go is Harajuku, so P.K. took a walk to the area, stopping first at the shiny, new, recently opened Harajuku Station.
▼ The station at noon on Friday.
The footpath outside the…
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