Women nationwide probably breathed a collective sigh of relief upon discovering that Valentine’s Day this year falls on a Sunday.

With the coronavirus pandemic looming large on everyone's mind, the weekend offers women the perfect excuse to refrain from purchasing the obligatory chocolates for male bosses and colleagues that are traditional at this time of year. A month from now on what’s called White Day in Japan, men will be spared from returning the favor for the same reason.

TV Asahi examined the different ways that female workers up and down the country were approaching Valentine’s Day this year, as more women seemed to be looking forward to enjoying boutique chocolate they can order easily online.