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Tokyo is officially home to over 200 Michelin-starred restaurants

Between the continued state of emergency and strict travel restrictions, dining out in Tokyo hasn’t been easy this year. Nonetheless, Tokyo has a world-class gastronomic reputation to uphold, with more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in the world. The Tokyo 2022 Michelin Guide video reveal on November 30 gave …

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Japanese restaurants see slow recovery two weeks after COVID-19 restrictions lifted

Two weeks after five prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka, lifted their requests for dining establishments to shorten opening hours, customers are still not returning in large numbers to restaurants and bars. Customer numbers “remain below levels before new coronavirus infections began to spread,” an industry official said. Still, there are …

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Tokyo to lift early closure rules for bars and restaurants on Monday

Although Tokyo officially ended its multi-month state of emergency on October 1, some rules have been maintained as the metropolitan government announced a plan to carefully ease restrictions over a period of several weeks. The roadmap provided for the resumption of alcohol sales in bars and restaurants as well as …

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Tokyo to re-allow alcohol service in restaurants and bars

It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to order a bottle of wine with dinner or sit in a bar, but with the state of emergency expiring on Thursday, September 30, it looks like the alcohol restrictions in Tokyo will also be relaxed. According to Mainichi, the government …

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6 Best Restaurants in Toranomon Yokocho

When day falls to dusk, Tokyo yokocho the alleys are lit by paper lanterns and filled with the chatter of office workers who end a long day with a pint of beer and a bite to eat. These clusters of street-side food stalls are long-standing features of neighborhoods like Ebisu, …

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Tokyo restaurants outraged by new alcohol ban

Owners of some restaurants and bars in Tokyo are outraged as they will be forced to suspend alcohol service again amid a new COVID-19 state of emergency. The owners are complaining about what they see as government-imposed double standards in banning alcohol while allowing the Tokyo Olympics to go ahead …

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The government is reviewing its policy of helping guest restaurants to reduce their hours

The government on Thursday decided on a new policy of providing different amounts of aid to catering establishments that accept requests for reduced opening hours in areas under a state of emergency related to COVID-19, or new disease countermeasures, depending on the size of their operations. This decision is designed …

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Tokyo seeks virus-related fine for restaurants as Osaka considers tougher measures

As the country prepares for a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, Osaka Prefecture plans to ask the central government to designate the prefecture as an area requiring stricter anti-virus measures, while the Tokyo Metropolitan Government initiated legal proceedings to impose fines. restaurants that failed to comply with an early closing …

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Japanese competitive eater Max Suzuki oversees new delivery restaurant chain with mega portions

Our very own Mr. Sato was thrilled to get his hands on their 1.8 kilogram (3.97 lb) yakisoba dish. Never one to shy away from a gigantic food challenge, our Japanese correspondent Mr Sato has seen its fair share of absolutely ridiculous portions in its time. That’s why he immediately …

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Tokyo hotels offer rooms for remote working at just 500 per day

A year after the start of the coronavirus pandemic, many companies are still adapting to the concept of remote working. It was previously rare in Japan but, as the second state of emergency is prolonged, telecommuting is strongly encouraged by the Tokyo government, which declared February as an Emergency Telework …

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Desperate restaurants challenge Japan’s virus brakes to stay open late

A sprawling restaurant in Tokyo’s upscale Nishi-Azabu district, Gonpachi is perhaps best known for inspiring the location of Quentin Tarantino’s most daring fight scene in “Kill Bill”. Now he’s at the center of a different kind of battle: one between authorities calling on restaurants to close early to stem the …

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Tokyo urges restaurants and bars to close early, people to stay home amid Covid-19 wave

According to The Mainichi Shimbun, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has called for sites to shorten their opening hours to a three-week period as the metropolis continues to register a high number of new Covid-19 case. This applies to restaurants that serve alcohol, bars, and nightlife businesses such as karaoke lounges. …

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Restaurants try drive-thru amid virus in Japan’s largest Chinatown

Yokohama – A group of about 20 restaurants in Yokohama’s Chinatown launched a drive-thru Wednesday as part of efforts to retain customers amid the coronavirus pandemic. Customers who order by phone in advance can purchase hot meals at restaurants in a nearby parking lot, according to the Yokohama Chinatown Development …

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Yokohama’s Chinatown Restaurants Launch Drive-thru Amid Virus

A group of about 20 restaurants in Yokohama’s Chinatown launched a drive-thru on Wednesday as part of efforts to retain customers amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Customers who order by phone in advance can pick up hot meals from restaurants in a nearby parking lot, according to the Yokohama Chinatown …

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