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Stories from around the archipelago focusing on the plight of the beleaguered tourism industry:

In Tokyo, iconic ‘cute’ kawaii cafe closes its doors as business hit by COVID-19 pandemic | SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
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  • With the termination of government employment subsidies this month, Okinawa is bracing for a “March Crisis” of potential mass layoffs in the tourism industry. As The Okinawa Times reports, authorities are grasping for short-term solutions, such as job secondments, but in the longer term, getting Okinawans to travel more within the prefecture could be key.
  • The pandemic has forced the tourism industry in Aichi to consider rebuilding its strategy from scratch, reports the Chunichi Shimbun. Many hot-spring resorts are struggling to make the switch from relying on groups of Chinese tourists, conference-goers and company workers to focusing on families and individuals.
  • With the COVID-19 crisis having wiped out inbound travel, Hokkaido companies are seeking to reach Chinese tourists on their own turf. While some are building a physical presence on the mainland, where the economy has rebounded quickly from the impact of the virus, others are tapping into the country’s huge e-commerce platforms to sell their wares, reports the Hokkaido Shimbun.

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