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The pandemic is weakening the office’s grip on Japanese commuters

Isabella Steger
Passengers wearing protective face masks are seen amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Tokyo Metro's newly-opened Toranomon Hills Station in Tokyo, Japan June 6, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Crowded trains have always been part of life in Tokyo. The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t put an end to that—but it’s offering a glimpse of a future when they might no longer be spilling over. In the weeks since the government lifted the state of emergency in the entire country on May 25, life is quickly…


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