Kitchen equipment piles up as pandemic shutters Japan’s restaurants

A worker carries a second-hand kitchen item at Tenpos Busters’ reuse center in Yokohama, Japan./ REUTERS

A truck laden with kitchen sinks, cutlery, pots and pans pulls up to a warehouse in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, and workers begin to unload the goods taken from shuttered restaurants – victims of the COVID-19 pandemic-driven slump.

The facility, run by second-hand kitchen equipment supplier Tenpos Busters, is so full that a sink has to be left outside. “We are buying more items, so our centres for maintenance across the country are operating at a full capacity to clean and repair them,” Takahito Tooyama, sales division director at Tenpos Bust

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