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Labor crunch, pandemic bring changes to ‘cities that never sleep’

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Author Mitsuyo Kakuta admits that she is in no state to pay attention to fellow passengers on a train close to the last run because she is usually inebriated.

So, she was stunned to note how drunk almost everyone was the first time she took a late-night train stone cold sober.

In her essay titled “Sekai wa Owarisoni Nai” (The world is hardly likely to end), Kakuta describes a standing passenger whose knees buckled suddenly, jolting the person awake.

Another individual almost stepped into the gap between the train door and the platform.

The author realized that she was seeing her usual self in any of these people.

But the COVID-19........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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