Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo says it's good that the central and Tokyo metropolitan governments have agreed on the types of businesses that will be requested to close temporarily under the state of emergency to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Abe told reporters on Friday that it is important to do everything possible under the law to contain the spread of infections.
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 request by Tokyo's governor that people stay home this weekend amid the coronavirus outbreak had shown some results on Saturday morning. Observers reported seeing fewer people than usual around the major rail hub of Shibuya.
A few people were sitting on the benches near the Hachiko dog statue, a popular meeting spot.
A portion of Tokyo's central loop rail line is not in service on Saturday due to construction work for a new station.
East Japan Railway, which operates the Yamanote Line, says services between Osaki and Ueno stations are suspended from the first train run to around 4 p.m. This section includes Tokyo Station. The construction affects one-third of services on the line.