Ryota Kawamata hadn’t driven for more than a decade, but as Japan’s COVID-19 crisis worsened in May, his employer near Tokyo rented him a car so he wouldn’t have to use public transport. “There are places where I can’t go without a car,” said Kawamata, who recently paid 30,000 yen ($280) for a five-hour refresher course to hone his driving skills. As Japan emerges from its coronavirus lockdown, restaurants and offices are practicing social distancing, but public transport doesn’t require it.
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