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Japan retailers focus on health products and delivery amid COVID

Pandemic-hit Aeon and Lawson set sights on other Asian markets

Aeon is having a tough time in the supermarket business due to its inability to capture in-house demand.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese retailers are expanding their range of health products and delivery services as the coronavirus crisis continues to plague the world.

Although the government lifted the state of emergency in the greater Tokyo area in late March, the outlook for retail remains uncertain as Tokyo, Kyoto and Okinawa prefectures will impose stronger anti-COVID-19 measures on April 12 amid surging infections.

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