Sunday's competition, held behind closed doors due to the state of emergency, offered organizers and athletes a chance to trial anti-infection protocols that will be used at the Tokyo Games.
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The cafe had hoped to capitalize on strong demand during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but with the outlook still uncertain a decision was made to let the lease expire and shut down.
The firm had been working on a system to meet the needs of allergy sufferers who wear masks when the COVID-19 pandemic prompted it to accelerate development.
"We want to deliver a smile to cheer people up," said the head cheerleader. "We're doing this hoping that people can feel even a little bit better."
The facilities, set up in the Ginza shopping district, use recycled water, chlorine and deep ultraviolet irradiation.
Yuzawa in Akita Prefecture has seen a decline in its fortunes in recent years, with a low birth rate and high death rate.
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