Tokyo's Streets Show Economic Impact of Disasters

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And as you can imagine, the streets of Tokyo are quiet and empty, as fears of aftershocks and nuclear radiation grip residents. Electricity outages, transport problems and fuel shortages have kept office workers at home.

Tokyo residents stayed away from the metropolitan area on Wednesday, as a nuclear radiation scare hits Japan.

The economic impact of Japan's quake, tsunami and nuclear crisis are starting to become visible in the capital city of 13 million people.

Downtown Tokyo, normally a bustling urban center, was unusually quiet and practically empty of traffic and commuters.

Even in the suburbs, few parents are bringing their children to school.

[Unknown]:
"I don't want to scare my children, I'm sorry, if it's possible, I want my children to spend every day having fun, and having good feelings, and I want them to do everything that we are allowed to do as long as it is safe. If I show them that I'm nervous, my children will get nervous."

Tokyo Electric Power Company continued its rolling power outages for the third day in the greater Tokyo area, in order to avoid a nationwide power outage.

In the downtown Roppongi area, an upscale district known for its glitzy high-rises and lively nightlife, traffic was thin and shops were shut.

One electrical shop decided to open business, but the store manager switched off as many lights as he could to save energy.

[Yosuke Miyazaki, Electronics Store Manager]:
"I turned off the light of the store sign outside and half of the lights in the store."

In Ginza, Tokyo's busiest shopping district, the streets were virtually empty of pedestrians.

In another business district of Tokyo, Shimbashi, the train station was deserted and shops were closed.

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