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Panic-buying in Tokyo as residents asked to hunker down for weekend


TOKYO (Reuters) - Queues formed at supermarkets and stores in Tokyo on Friday as residents in the Japanese capital prepared for a weekend at home after the city’s governor called on them to stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

After Governor Yuriko Koike’s plea on Wednesday to refrain from non-essential, non-urgent outings through April 12, and especially this weekend, residents were stocking up on everything from instant noodles and rice to toiletries and fresh produce, despite public-service warnings against hoarding.

In one residential neighborhood, more than a dozen people lined up for toilet paper at ...


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