Wearing face masks, many people in Japan headed to work as usual on Monday, the first business day since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for a 70 percent reduction in commuters to curb new COVID-19 infections.

Some workers expressed difficulty in following Abe's request due to the nature of their work, while others said they weren't able to do everything at home even though they had already started teleworking.

Tokyo's JR Shinbashi Station, normally bustling with business people, was quieter than usual in the morning.