Tokyo Olympics spectator ban hits restaurants already battling Covid-19 curbs, but there’s an upside – no visitors means more seats for locals

Before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, international tourism to Japan was surging. According to government statistics, the number of travellers to the country increased more than 250 per cent from 2012, reaching a record high of 31.9 million visitors in 2019.Tokyo’s restaurants had anticipated a massive wave of tourists for the 2020 Olympics, but those hopes were dashed in March 2020, when Japan closed its borders and postponed the Games until 2021.With the coronavirus pandemic showing no…


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