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Cherry blossoms, deadlines greet Tokyoites on second Premium Friday

Fiscal year-end puts damper on some events

Takashimaya offered rickshaw rides to nearby cherry blossom viewing spots for shoppers at its Shinjuku store.

TOKYO -- The end of the fiscal year and start of cherry blossom season here coincided with Japan's second Premium Friday, a nationwide push to let employees out of work at 3 p.m. on the last Friday of the month to encourage spending.

Some Tokyo businesses curtailed or held events earlier on expectations of a smaller turnout as employees rush to complete tasks related to the end of the business year, which was Friday for many Japanese companies.

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