Golden Week tests Japan’s loose ‘stay home’ request

TOKYO — Japan’s annual Golden Week spring holiday season usually sends some 25 million people traveling across the country and abroad, but this year the coronavirus pandemic has moved some prefectural governors to urge tourists not to visit.

“There are more than 60,000 people planning to come to Okinawa during the holidays,” the prefecture’s governor, Denny Tamaki, said on Twitter over the weekend. “Unfortunately, Okinawa cannot provide enough hospitality due to the declaration of emergency … please cancel your current trip to Okinawa and wait until it is acceptable.”

Unlike some countries that have imposed strict lockdown measures, Japan has

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