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Golf has surged in its popularity in Japan amid the coronavirus pandemic as a sport that can be enjoyed outdoors, avoiding the “three Cs” of confined spaces, crowded places and close-contact settings that people are advised to avoid to reduce the risk of infection.

The sport has seen increases in visits to courses and related merchandise sales, as more people — particularly those from younger generations — are taking it up as a new hobby. These trends continued into the second state of emergency declared for parts of the country in early January.

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