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Japan restaurant-booking startup looks to domestic market

With borders still closed, Tablecross expands service for locals

Tablecross is shifting its service, placing new emphasis on reaching Japanese customers as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps Japan's borders closed. (Photo courtesy of Serkan Toso) 

TOKYO -- Tokyo-based online restaurant reservation service Tablecross, which started out mainly serving visitors from overseas, is expanding services aimed at Japanese as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps the country's borders closed to international tourism.

Tablecross offers restaurant bookings through its platform, called, which caters mainly to overseas tourists in various Japanese cities. It also offers food experiences, such as Japanese cooking classes. For every booking made through the platform, the company donates a part of its profit to feed children in developing countries.

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