Commuters wearing masks stand in a packed train at Shinagawa Station in Tokyo on Monday. Photo: AP Commuters wearing masks stand in a packed train at Shinagawa Station in Tokyo on Monday. Photo: AP
Commuters wearing masks stand in a packed train at Shinagawa Station in Tokyo on Monday. Photo: AP

Coronavirus: contagion fears, paranoia reveal cracks in Japan’s polite facade

  • Tensions are running high among Japanese, from frantic shoppers panic-buying toilet roll to irate commuters arguing about coughing on trains
  • Even school closures, a move made to lessen the outbreak’s impact, have left working parents stressed and unsure of what to do with their children

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Commuters wearing masks stand in a packed train at Shinagawa Station in Tokyo on Monday. Photo: AP Commuters wearing masks stand in a packed train at Shinagawa Station in Tokyo on Monday. Photo: AP
Commuters wearing masks stand in a packed train at Shinagawa Station in Tokyo on Monday. Photo: AP
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