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Japanese bar offers drinks, snacks and nursing care

Proprietor sees opportunity in pubs where patrons have to be 65 to enter

The idea to give seniors a place of their own to let loose came from elderly patients of an acupuncture and moxibustion clinic.

TOKYO -- Old-fashioned drinking establishments popularly known as sunakku bars have long dotted Japan's city- and townscapes. These pubs are typically run by a proprietress whom customers call "Mama." The mama makes dishes -- sunakku is the Japanese pronunciation of the borrowed word "snack" -- while also engaging customers in conversation and coordinating karaoke singalongs over the counter.

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