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'Izakaya' pubs reach out to tourists as Japanese stay home

Restaurant customs like compulsory appetizers are suddenly being challenged

Overseas visitors take a crack at making sushi at the Minato, Tokyo, branch of Nippon Maguro Gyogyoudan, which has found a new daytime use for taverns that are not getting as many nighttime drinkers as they used to.

TOKYO -- Izakaya Japanese-style pubs are bringing in a new kind of customer, foreign tourists.

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