Japanese cheerleaders lift commuters' spirits

These cheerleaders are lifting commuters' spirits

Location: Tokyo, Japan

The four-person squad

has been energizing morning commuters

for more than 10 years

They will likely continue to perform remotely

as Tokyo enters another lockdown

(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 37-YEAR-OLD LEADER OF JAPAN GIRLS CHEER CLUB, KUMI ASAZUMA, SAYING:"Going forward we probably will do the performance remotely by using computers or smartphones to broadcast from home separately, and delivering our good vibes via social media."

(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 37-YEAR-OLD LEADER OF JAPAN GIRLS CHEER CLUB, KUMI ASAZUMA, SAYING:

"I think this is a period where people are really suffering a lot. During this time if we had cried, people would feel depressed too. So with courage, we want to step forward and deliver a smile to cheer people up. We're doing this with hopes that people can feel even a little bit better."