Japan seafood imports rising as dining restrictions to ease
25 October 2021
Seafoodsource.com reports that Japan’s seafood import volume and value grew in September compared to August (paywall).
Further reason to be optimistic about the Japan market is the further easing of Covid-19 related restrictions in the dining sector in Tokyo and Osaka. The Japan Times has further reporting here (account sign-in may be required to access).
For the first time in 11 months, COVID-19 restrictions on bars and restaurants were lifted in the Tokyo metropolitan area and Osaka on Monday, as the nation looks to balance bringing the pandemic-hit economy back on track and preventing a resurgence of infections.
Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures of Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba, as well as Osaka, mostly eliminated curbs on the serving of alcohol and operating hours that had been introduced to keep coronavirus infections from spreading.
For the capital and Osaka, this is the first time that the restrictions were removed since November last year, with Tokyo reporting fewest numbers of infections since June 2020.
Nationwide coronavirus cases dropped to 236 on Sunday, compared with over 25,000 reported in mid-August during the fifth wave of infections.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government lifted curbs on restaurants and bars certified to be taking sufficient infection prevention measures.
Until Sunday, some 100,000 certified restaurants and bars, or about 80% of dining establishments in Tokyo, were asked to stop serving alcohol by 8 p.m. and close by 9 p.m., a request that has been in place since a COVID-19 state of emergency was lifted on Oct. 1.
They will continue to be asked to allow groups of no more than four people to sit at the same table. A group of five or more people with proof of vaccination will be allowed to sit at the same table.
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