Akihiro is planning to spend some of his New Year’s holiday at a hot spring resort.

“We haven’t decided exactly where yet, but somewhere close to Tokyo. My work schedule only gives me a few days off,” he said while browsing through a rack of brochures with his girlfriend at a travel agency inside Shinjuku Station in Tokyo.

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