Sushi chain launches 'contactless' outlet in Tokyo

A Japanese conveyer belt sushi chain has launched an outlet in Tokyo where customers can enjoy their meal without interacting with staff.

Kura Sushi opened the outlet in the Ikebukuro district after renovation to install state-of-the-art technology to prevent spreading of the coronavirus.

Customers entering the shop use a reception panel with a sensor that can read finger movements without requiring that they touch the surface.

Diners can order on their smartphones by scanning QR codes shown on tablet devices. They can also pay using self-checkout machines.

Kura Sushi plans to introduce the system at 460 outlets across Japan.

Company spokesperson Tsuji Akihiro says the chain will step up sanitary measures so that customers feel safer eating at its restaurants.