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Economy

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.

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