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‘We have to change to survive’: Japanese bathhouses’ future in doubt amid plunge in customers

Craft beer, live music and lodgings featured in renovation plans that Takuya Shimbo had for an ageing Tokyo bathhouse, hoping to rescue a fading industry from extinction by reinventing the concept of communal bathing. Then the coronavirus struck.The government deemed Japan’s few remaining bathhouses as critical for public hygiene so it requested they stay open, while at the same time encouraging people to stay at home during a state of emergency to prevent the spread of Covid-19.“The costs,…

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