Tokyo’s train stations were packed with commuters Friday morning as Japan fully came out of a coronavirus state of emergency for the first time in more than six months.
The country has started gradually easing virus measures to help rejuvenate the pandemic-hit economy as infections slowed.
Emergency measures had been in place for more than half of the country including Tokyo until they ended Thursday.
The lifting of the emergency marked a fresh start for some people.
One office worker said he was just returning to the train station after working from home for more than a year. Another office worker commuting Friday said she "will stay vigilant and carry on my life as usual.”