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Japan Restaurant Data Shows Tough Conditions Persisting for the Hospitality Industry

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Winston Hammill

Japan Restaurant Data Shows Tough Conditions Persisting for the Hospitality Industry

TableCheck releases the latest data analysis on the COVID-19 Pandemic and its effects in Japan's restaurant industry every Tuesday at Noon.

In this blog, aggregated data up to 6 of June, 2021 will be shown.

Graph 1: Average number of customers from week 3 to week 6 of the 3rd state of emergency
Graph 2: Comparison of average number of customers per restaurant in June from 2019 to 2021

The Data shows the average diners per restaurant remained flat at 16.7 with no bounce or changes since the previous week.

 

<Weekly Average number of customers per restaurant under the 3rd state of emergency>

◆Week 1:22.2 persons / restaurant

◆Week 2:24.3 persons / restaurant (Long holidays)

◆Week 3:15.4 persons / restaurant (State of emergency declared)

◆Week 4:15.9 persons / restaurant

◆Week 5:16.7 persons / restaurant

◆Week 6:16.7 persons / restaurant

 

There is an underlying fear that a repetition of “self-restraint requests” has educated the public to boycott restaurants on a long-term basis. The reality of this is yet to come clear, however worrying signals indicate the average number of customers per restaurant has already decreased by 16% when compared directly to same period last year. At that time when the first state of emergency lifted, hospitality rebounded. Now conditions are expected to remain unpredictable for restaurants this year.

 

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Other Feature Blogs:

Data analysis of average customer visits in areas subjected to the State of Emergency and other policies per region

 Impact of shortened business hours in the restaurant industry

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73 Weeks Since COVID, Yet Restaurants Continue to Suffer Due to Ambiguous Regulations

Graph 3: Weekly average number of customers per restaurant, and weekly numbers of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 from 16 of January, 2020 (week 1) to 6 of June, 2021 (week 72)
Graph 4: Monthly average number of customers per restaurant comparison (2019 and 2021)

It has been 73 weeks since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Japan on 1 of January last year. However, the customer flow of restaurants are still at sluggish recovery.

Despite the repetition of starting and ending people’s self-quarantine caused by the three declarations of state of emergency, policies that aim to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and governments’ stay-at-home requests in these one and a half years, numbers of new infected cases have continued to increase, and number of customers have decreased by 70% compared to 2019, which leads to considerable damage to the restaurants.

If the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics continue to be held as scheduled in the summer, the further spread of COVID-19 and the extension of self-restraint period is inevitable.

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Survey summary from the restaurant industry responding to the shortened business hour regulation as of 8 of January 2021 is shared below.

(Published on 11 of January, 2021)

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Lastly, we would like to express our deepest sympathies to everyone who suffered from the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19), and to all the restaurants that have been affected by the spread of COVID-19.

※Update every Tuesday

※Last updated: 8 of June, 2021

※Data closing date: 6 of June, 2021

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  • When citing the data published in this blog, please be sure to specify "Table Check Research".

  • All graphs are based on our aggregated data closed on 6 of June, 2021. The figures after 7 of June, 2021 and monthly average data are provisional, and would be adjusted in the future.

  • The definition of “number of restaurants visits” is the total number of visits excluding cancellations and no-shows.

  • The definition of “number of customer visits” is the total number of visitors excluding cancellations and no-shows.

  • The definition of "number of reservations" is the total number of reservations excluding walk-in customers.

  • This data covers restaurants in Japan which are using TableCheck, a reservation and customer management system developed and provided by our company.

  • All graphs are created by our company based on the “visit date data”, which is calculated according to the time when customers visit the restaurants.

For detailed figures, please contact the following PR. 

Mikako Mochizuki

PR

TableCheck Inc.

For enquiries regarding this blog and data, please contact:

Mochizuki, PR, TableCheck Inc.

Mail: Dai-27 Chuo Bldg 6F, 2-14-5 Ginza Chuo-ku

Tokyo, Japan 104-0061

E-mail: mochizuki.mikako@tablecheck.com

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