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Cooped-up Japanese turn to e-commerce as options narrow

Indoor trampolines and pricey wine among the hot sellers

Amazon's shipments have surged in Tokyo's 23 wards as business in March tracked toward an all-time high, according to the local logistics service provider.

TOKYO -- With schools shut down and public places the new taboo, online shopping is taking off in a Japan where it had gained only limited traction before the coronavirus outbreak.

"It's like Amazon is having bargain sales every day," said an executive at Maruwa Unyu Kikan, a logistics services provider for local operations of the online retail giant.

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