Britons getting through lockdown with sewing, tequila and kimchi

World May 7, 2020

Britons getting through lockdown with sewing, tequila and kimchi

British consumers have spent their six weeks of coronavirus lockdown sewing, drinking cocktails, carrying out home beauty treatments and eating large quantities of kimchi. That’s according to a report from John Lewis Partnership PLC on the nation’s shopping behavior since March 23, when Prime Minister ...

Crowds pack Japan’s shopping arcades despite pandemic emergency

National Apr 20, 2020

Crowds pack Japan’s shopping arcades despite pandemic emergency

Despite the official state of emergency declared over COVID-19, people are still flocking to shopping arcades in Tokyo and other big cities across the nation. Data released Sunday by NTT Docomo Inc. shows that crowd levels Saturday in major shopping districts, including Shinjuku in Tokyo ...

Japan's retailers facing crisis amid coronavirus scare

Business Apr 14, 2020

Japan's retailers facing crisis amid coronavirus scare

Retailers are struggling to continue operations a week after the government declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, with shop employees facing overwork due to labor shortages and stress associated with infection risks. The number of part-time workers began declining in March when ...

Virus pandemic pushes Japan’s shoppers to finally buy online

Business Apr 10, 2020

Virus pandemic pushes Japan’s shoppers to finally buy online

by Lisa Du

Now that the government is urging consumers and businesses to step up efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak, shoppers may finally have no excuse but to embrace e-commerce and wean themselves from brick-and-mortar stores. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency for Tokyo ...