From fluffy mechanical seals and mechanical singing companions to devices that simply crave love and attention, the pandemic has boosted sales nationwide.
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Analysts point out the low rate does not account for millions — especially women — who gave up their job during the pandemic to care for family.
With their places of work closed, the entertainers have been forced to think creatively to keep their incomes flowing.
In a steamy Tokyo kitchen, a roasted scent wafts through the air as Yuta Shinohara prepares soup stock for ramen, derived not from pork or chicken, but crickets. "In this pan, we have 10,000 crickets, making stock for 100 bowls," Shinohara explained, as he stirred ...