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COVID-19 forces closure of Tokyo neighborhood ramen joint

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By Jack Tarrant and Hideto Sakai

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It is a sad but difficult to avoid consequence of the whole situation, fragile business like this will suffer, with or without lockdowns.

-3 ( +12 / -15 )

If he had so many customers, I don't feel like it is because of coronavirus then...especially if he thinks about opening a new restaurant.

Confusing article not explaining anything

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10 ( +19 / -9 )

Haga said he will miss the long days - he used to start work at 3.30 a.m. and often didn't finish until after 10 p.m. - and may look to open another restaurant in a residential neighborhood with a more regular flow of traffic.

Hard worker.

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Tragic. I hope the best for Mr. Haga.

0 ( +15 / -15 )

@Jonathan Prin

"Once news spread of Haga's shop shutting down, customers flocked in. "

It's not hard to understand if you read it...

-10 ( +6 / -16 )

Photography work was ending with potoshop and other digital platforms.

Ramen shops are ending because of the crowded seating and slurping noodle breath all over the joint. Hard to social distance when people are spurting out vapor everywhere.

I bet his broth was great.

-7 ( +8 / -15 )

That is so sad!

Since the pandemic is on, I still support my 2 favorite regular Mom and Pops Izakaya in my neighborhood.

They also struggle a lot, but me and all other many years regular guests are doing our best that they will survive these hard times.

These shops are the heart of Japan. And if the heart stops to beat, everyone knows what will happen.

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Weird that people expressing sadness for Mr. Haga are getting downvoted lie crazy.

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@P.Smith

I 100% agree!

-7 ( +13 / -20 )

Weird that people expressing sadness for Mr. Haga are getting downvoted lie crazy.

Yes, what is this, a drive-by?

I 'm sorry for Mr. Haga too, so I'm giving everyone who expressed sympaty for him an upvote.

But hey, I'm only one person.

-3 ( +12 / -15 )

P. SmithToday 03:37 pm JST

Weird that people expressing sadness for Mr. Haga are getting downvoted lie crazy.

For many articles, many comments are downvoted for no apparent reason.

Just the pleasure to downvote, I guess.

0 ( +13 / -13 )

@didou, I agree with your sentiment. The coronavirus fatigue is making people very negative.

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Weird that people expressing sadness for Mr. Haga are getting downvoted lie crazy.

Judging by other articles' comments, the mistake you made was expressing sympathy for a Japanese person on this website. It seems that is the quickest way to get major downvotes recently. Make sure to express something negative about Japan next time I guess and you'll be sure to get a flood of upvotes. Weird isn't it?

-3 ( +12 / -15 )

Yes, what is this, a drive-by?

I 'm sorry for Mr. Haga too, so I'm giving everyone who expressed sympaty for him an upvote.

As am I.

@P.Smith

I 100% agree!

Thanks, Monty. You and I disagree often enough, but don’t let that get in the way of when we agree. This downvoting thing is beyond the pale.

Judging by other articles' comments, the mistake you made was expressing sympathy for a Japanese person on this website. It seems that is the quickest way to get major downvotes recently. 

Usually, it’s the other way around. Not sure what’s going on today.

-5 ( +7 / -12 )

Tragic. I hope the best for Mr. Haga.

As do most of us. Very peculiar and unsettling trend of late, to downvote decent, heartfelt comments here.

Probably the same sort of individuals who trash family run and independent stores/restaurants online. That seems to be a thing, these days, as well.

I hope he gets a good sleep and that something good can come out of all that hard work.

Respect to you, Mr Haga.

-4 ( +8 / -12 )

Judging by other articles' comments, the mistake you made was expressing sympathy for a Japanese person on this website. It seems that is the quickest way to get major downvotes recently. Make sure to express something negative about Japan next time I guess and you'll be sure to get a flood of upvotes. Weird isn't it?

You're not wrong there I've noticed that too, what a cynical disgrace

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

Sad story, but this:

"After a hectic day dishing up almost 200 bowls of ramen during a non-stop seven-hour service, Yashiro Haga's small shop is finally quiet"

this is why he has to close -- because people will go out of their way to take advantage of Go To Campaign coupons or of sentiment and the ability to say, "Wow! I went there on the last day! How crowded! It was so great!" It's like the people who still go out to lunch with mamatomos a few times a week in crowded city centers to talk about how awful life is "dealing with corona".

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Why can't they just close temporarily, then reopen once the virus is curbed?

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Real working people are all the same. They do not work only 8 hrs. They work and work.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

P. Smith, Big Yen, don't worry too much about the downvotes on this site. Wear them with pride.

Yours truly,

A professional downvote recipient ;-)

On topic, it's sad to see any business like this close down after so much hard work. I hope he's able to reopen somewhere else after a good rest.

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and may look to open another restaurant in a residential neighborhood with a more regular flow of traffic.

Good luck, and hopefully it will work well. Consider take-away menu, and save some extra income for survivial in another possible rainy day.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

It is the sympathetic content of your remarks that matter, not the number of down or up-votes.

I have been supporting restaurants, but find it hard to go into a crowded place with tons of slurping going on.

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Nonsense, nothing last forever. Times of ramen are long gone as well as sushi. Only big and creative will survive.

It should be like that with every business. I'm tired of listening to the stories of bailing out big companies just because they are old but not profitable. That's not how economy should work.

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P. Smith - Weird that people expressing sadness for Mr. Haga are getting downvoted lie crazy.

Weird that people actually care about up or down votes.

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The way the government has not handled this pandemic is beyond ridiculous it's the small people that suffer they are the ones that the government cares very little about...If the government were a company most of its employees would be fired yesterday for incompetence.

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