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Can't get to your favorite bar or restaurant? Bring it home to you

Pandemic has Japanese consumers buying tools to cook, clean and build like pros

Takeshi Suzuki draws a beer from his professional-grade tap at his home in Edogawa Ward, Tokyo.

TOKYO -- Commercial-grade tools and equipment are finding their way into homes in Japan, as people reluctant to venture out due to concerns over COVID-19 try their hand at cooking, cleaning and building like professionals.

Takeshi Suzuki, a 38-year-old resident of Tokyo's Edogawa Ward, has a restaurant beer tap in his kitchen. The machine gives off a low hum as it chills the beer in the keg. Slightly awkwardly, the self-employed man draws a beer into his favorite glass.

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