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With patrons missing, 20% of Tokyo restaurants keep shorter hours

Lifestyle changes under pandemic eat away at nighttime traffic

Pedestrians walk between restaurants in Tokyo's Shinbashi district on Oct. 25, when the city lifted restrictions on operating hours. (Photo by Shosuke Kato)

TOKYO -- Despite the lifting of pandemic-related business restrictions, nearly a fifth of restaurants in Tokyo have maintained shorter operating hours due to uncertainty over the return of customers.  

The Japanese capital stopped asking restaurants to cut operating hours last Monday as coronavirus cases continued to decline. But a visual survey of 500 eateries conducted by Nikkei reporters the next day revealed that 21%, or 105 locations, have not returned to normal operating times.

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