While some are concerned that the number of Japanese customers will decrease, even more serious is the drop in foreign tourists. In recent years, the number of foreign tourists in Japan has been steadily rising, however, since February 2020, Japan has restricted entry from an increasing number of countries. In fact, the number of foreign visitors to Japan during the month of March decreased by 93% from the previous year.
As a result, there will be little business from foreign tourists in cities, restaurants, hotels, duty-free shops, the travel industry, etc. Many foreign staff, hired in anticipation of an increase in the number of foreign visitors to Japan, are at risk of being dismissed or having their salary reduced.
As of 2018, there were 1.46 million foreign workers in Japan, 167,000 of which are working in the food and beverage industry. Some foreigners living in Japan have contacted us through our website, mainly foreign chefs working in Japan.
The following is a summary of three things you need to know, assuming that things come to their worst.