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Tea Leaves

No reservations in Japan's restaurant scene

Booking seats has become a daunting challenge in top dining destinations

People line up outside Rengatei, a popular restaurant in Tokyo's Ginza district, on March 16. Japan's food service industry has come roaring back after a punishing few years.    © Reuters

When a friend visiting Tokyo texted me the other day to ask if we could meet up, a wave of panic washed over me. Instead of joy at the prospect of reconnecting with an old pal, I was engulfed in a cloud of dread.

She wanted to go out for upscale sushi on a Friday night -- peak dining time in the Japanese capital. The problem was that it was already Tuesday. After calling five places that I knew -- and three more that I didn't -- I had to admit defeat.

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