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Nighttime foot traffic declined at major train stations in entertainment districts across the country Friday following the government’s COVID-19 pre-emergency designation for Tokyo and elsewhere, a private survey showed Saturday.

On Friday, the government put Tokyo, Kanagawa, Aichi and 10 other prefectures in the pre-emergency stage due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant, with restaurants and bars there again asked to shorten their operating hours.

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