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Japan's ski resorts fear it's downhill all the way

Rising number of COVID infections cools visitors' enthusiasm for winter sports

The slopes of the Mount Racey ski resort in Yubari, Hokkaido, are deserted on Jan. 8 after its operating company halted business amid the coronavirus pandemic.    © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan's winter resorts are on a slippery financial slope as rising COVID-19 infections deter skiers and snowboarders.

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