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Pandemic and social distancing deal blow to Japan's restaurants

Coronavirus-related bankruptcy cases reach 40 amid doubts over outbreak's end

Amid mounting uncertainty over how long the pandemic will last, more restaurants in Japan are closing their doors for good.  (Photo by Yuki Kohara) 

TOKYO -- Tomoyuki Utsuno, director-general at the Tokyo Food and Beverage Business Association, a trade group made up of nearly 8,000 restaurants and bars, has many people calling at his door these days.

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