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Sober affairs: Japan's June brides will tie the knot without toasts

Reception halls won't serve alcohol under extended emergency decree

Staff members at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel provide disinfectant with each place setting. (Photo by Tetsuya Kitayama)

TOKYO -- For those looking forward to be June brides next month, the government's decision to extend the state of emergency for the capital and other parts of Japan was deeply disappointing.

Wedding halls in the affected areas are likely to decline to serve alcohol, so couples will have to do without toasts -- at least alcoholic toasts -- in their once-in-a-lifetime celebrations.

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