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Japan Post Co. has begun accepting nengajо̄ (traditional New Year’s greeting cards) for delivery on New Year’s Day with the hope that those who cannot return to their hometowns due to a resurgence of coronavirus infections will instead send greeting cards.

The initial issuance of the postage-paid cards issued for 2021 hit a record low of about 1.94 billion, down 17% from the previous year, falling for the 10th consecutive year and slipping below 2 billion for the first time, according to Japan Post.

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