China News Service, December 3, According to Japanese media reports on the 2nd, in view of the continuation of the new crown epidemic, many places in Japan have successively requested restaurants that provide alcohol to shorten their business hours.

The aggregate data of the "Asahi Shimbun" shows that as of December 1, local time, at least seven prefectures and prefectures across Japan have implemented this measure.

  The report pointed out that although this move has brought a major blow to restaurants that are ushering in the busy period at the end of the year, the governor and others have positioned it as a "critical juncture" facing the end of the year.

The recent epidemic in Japan has a rebound trend.

The picture shows people in Tokyo buying masks in stores.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Lu Shaowei

  Among them, the Saitama prefectural government requested on December 1 that restaurants that provide alcohol in Omiya District, Kawaguchi City, and Koshigaya City, where the bustling streets where mass infections have occurred, should be provided on December 4. On the 17th, the business hours will be shortened to 10 pm.

For responding stores, a subsidy of 280,000 yen (approximately RMB 17,600) will be paid to each store.

  The governor of the prefecture, Motohiro Ono, said that he hopes to control the number of infections before the end of the year and "now is a critical moment."

  The Hokkaido government previously planned to shorten the business hours of restaurants that accompany reception in Sapporo’s Susukino Entertainment Street on November 7 for a period of three weeks.

However, due to the continuation of the epidemic, the local area has extended the deadline to December 11 and asked Sapporo's hospitality restaurants to close business, etc., to strengthen response.

  Recently, the epidemic situation in Japan has rebounded.

As of now, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of the new crown in Japan has exceeded 150,000, and more than 2,000 people have died.