Koike expects effect after declaration

Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko says she hopes more restaurants and bars than ever will respond to the metropolitan government's call for shortening business hours after a state of emergency is declared.

The government is asking restaurants and bars to move up their closing time from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Koike said that securing effective implementation of the request is important.

She said she's a bit worried about whether restaurants, which are also being asked to stop serving alcohol at 7 p.m., can readily respond to the difficult request.

Koike added that while the upcoming declaration of a state of emergency will allow prefectural governors to impose stronger restrictions on the use of facilities, it remains a request-based measure.

Noting that the government is set to revise the country's special anti-coronavirus law, Koike said she expects the state of emergency to send a stronger message to the public.