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Feeling caged? Japanese swing back to restaurants and shops

Data shows reservations and sales recovering after mid-March

Pedestrians gather at the Shibuya "scramble crossing" in Tokyo on March 17. (Photo by Kohei Fujimura)

TOKYO -- Japanese consumers, who immediately toed the line after a government request to curtail outings amid the coronavirus outbreak, may be showing signs of cabin fever as they gradually return to retail spots around the country.

Though traffic at Tokyo restaurants remains down by double digits on the year, the attrition has eased from late February and early March. Analysis of customer traffic also shows a recovery at retailers across Japan since the second week this month. 

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