In the context of the escalation of the COVID-19 epidemic, the extension of stay-at-home hours of Japanese people and the shortened the opening hours of restaurants by the government have boosted the growth of business volume of takeaway service platforms for many enterprises.
According to a report by Japan’s Kyodo News Agency on the 21st, the “Didi Takeaway” service launched by Chinese online car-hailing enterprise Didi Travel was launched in Osaka last June.
Fukuoka is the second stop of “Didi Takeaway” to carry out business in Japan. At present, more than 700 stores have joined in Fukuoka City and Haruhi City in Fukuoka Prefecture.
The report pointed out that the meal delivery service is gradually becoming popular throughout Kyushu, Japan. After the launch of Uber Eats, a takeaway platform of Uber Technology Co., Ltd.
in Fukuoka, it has been promoted to Kagoshima, Miyazaki, Kumamoto, Ōita, Naha and other places. By the end of 2020, Japan’s largest takeaway platform “Out of the Front Hall” was in Kyushu.
It increased to about 2.5 times that of the same period last year. In addition, takeaway platforms such as German-based foodpanda and Finnish-based Wolt also entered Fukuoka last year.
Affected by the coronavirus epidemic, Japanese restaurants have had to shorten their business hours. Businessmen expect the take-out delivery service to attract people and increase sales.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiro Suga said on January 13 that seven prefectures, including Fukuoka, declared a state of emergency from January 14 and lasted until February 7.
As a result, the state of emergency in Japan was extended to 11 prefectures. In addition, the government requires people to avoid unnecessary travel after 8 p.m., and the closing time of restaurants is also advanced to 8 p.m.
According to the latest statistics of Johns Hopkins University on the 21st, Japan has more than 340,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4,680 cumulative deaths.