Sakae Kato stayed behind to look after cats when other residents evacuated, spurred on in part by the shock of finding dead pets in abandoned houses.
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The co-founder of Solo Sauna Tune, which provides Finnish-style sauna rooms, says the pandemic and the social distancing have been a boost for business.
With prompting from Tokyo's governor, alongside decluttering icon Marie Kondo, people are getting rid of old items at a brisk rate.
Banned from spas, hot spring resorts, some beaches and many gyms and pools, enthusiasts hope the presence of tattooed foreign athletes at next year's Tokyo Games will help sweep away suspicion surrounding their ink.
Yomiuriland is offering packages including a workspace by the pool and rides on its Ferris wheel.