Cheerleaders danced and cheered on commuters outside a Tokyo rail station Thursday in a bid to lift spirits as the capital moved toward another state of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Let's go, fight!" the four-person squad shouted out to passers-by in front of Shimbashi Station, with their protective face shields fogging up in the chilly Tokyo morning as they waved gold pompoms.

Japan is planning a one-month state of emergency for the greater Tokyo area beginning Friday to contain a record surge in coronavirus infections.