Tokyo Governor's plea for the tens of millions of people in the capital and surrounding regions to avoid non-essential, non-urgent outings until April 12, and particularly this weekend, followed a surge in coronavirus infections this week.
If Abe secures a third term in the election, he will become Japan's longest-serving premier.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has to shake off cronyism scandals to win the election. But a new upstart party might prove a challenge.
Yuriko Koike, 64, becomes the first woman to be elected as Tokyo's governor after the former governor was forced to resign over allegations of using public funds for personal benefits.
Subscribe to our Youtube channel for all latest in-depth, on the ground reporting from around the world.
Copyright © 2021 TRT World.