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Japan retailers face second crunch amid latest COVID emergency

Stores stay open but fewer customers drop by as more residents work from home

Convenience stores and supermarkets in Japan are experiencing sales declines as the coronavirus rages. (Photo by Akikazu Ishii)

TOKYO -- Japan's escalating COVID-19 crisis is casting a shadow over retailers still trying to recover from the country's first state of emergency last spring.

Although the latest decree, which continues to widen over more of Japan, is less drastic, convenience and other stores are expected to suffer as more people heed the government's call to work from home.

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