Less People Around Tokyo's Ikebukuro Station

Less people around Tokyo's Ikebukuro station

Saturday morning around Tokyo's Ikebukuro station was quieter than usual as people appeared to be following a request to stay home. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government continues to urge against nonessential weekend outings as a way of containing the coronavirus.

Department stores stand shuttered behind posters advising of temporary closures. The district's major electronics stores have also shortened their opening hours.

A 58-year-old man from Nerima Ward said he had to come to Ikebukuro for grocery shopping as he works on weekdays. He said he would spend the rest of the weekend at home watching TV.

A taxi driver waiting at the station said it appeared there were far less people than usual. He said he worries whether his company will survive the pandemic.