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Japan department stores downbeat despite longer operation hours

Industry calls for rent support, warning of impact on suppliers

Department store sales in Tokyo fell 32% in April from the same month in 2019, before the pandemic, according to the Japan Department Stores Association. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)

TOKYO -- Japan has relaxed some restrictions on retailers, even as the government extended a state of emergency for nine prefectures, but department store operators remain downbeat about their business prospects.

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