People gather at a bar after government imposed 8 p.m. closing time for restaurants and bars under Tokyo’s fourth state of emergency Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Tokyo. The latest state of emergency has asked restaurants and bars to close by 8 p.m., if not entirely. This has pushed people to drink outside, although many bars remain open and bustling with customers who are defying the rules and expressing frustration and indifference. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
TOKYO — On the eve of the Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremony, the government’s attempts to curb a coronavirus surge by targeting drinkers is drowning in liquor, frustration and indifference.