With losses already built up and footfall down as people work from home, owners of Japan's traditional izakaya are being forced into crushing choices.
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With businesses closing, recycling shops are buying up equipment to repair, clean and resell.
At the parade, bikers said this year's event meant more, because more children were vulnerable to domestic violence during the pandemic.
Japan's first robot bartender has begun serving up drinks in a Tokyo pub in a test that could usher in a wave of automation in restaurants and shops struggling to hire staff in an aging society. The repurposed industrial robot serves drinks in its own ...