The coronavirus outbreak has taken a heavy toll on businesses that cater to tourists visiting Japan from overseas. From the English-born organizer of countryside tours in Oita Prefecture to a caterer from Thailand working in Hokkaido Prefecture's picturesque Niseko, along with the American proprietor of an inn in a storied Nagano Prefecture hot-spring resort, this episode offers a glimpse into the struggles of foreigners in the tourism industry as they try to withstand the impact of the pandemic.
Paul from England plants rice in a paddy field in Oita
Kikuko expresses her gratitude to Paul for helping her with rice planting
For her new catering service, Annie purchases vegetables locally grown in Niseko
The proprietor of an inn in Nagano, Tyler launched a new food delivery service