By Tim Kelly
TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s entreaty to residents to keep away from each other to halt the spread of the coronavirus has inspired a computer game of her navigating through crowds while uttering her daily “mitsudesu” call for social distancing.
Many major cities, including New York and London have locked down their residents and forced bars and restaurants to close with threats of fines.
But the Japanese government’s state of emergency is more permissive, a the governor of the world’s biggest metropolis, with 36 million people, can only request residents to stay home and ask businesses shutter temporarily.
While many have done so, some bars, some restaurants and cafes remain open, with many of the city’s streets far from empty.
A former TV announcer and government minister, who studied Arabic in Egypt, Koike has clashed with Prime…