These Online Services Allow You to Support Businesses Affected by COVID-19 in Japan

You can help out from your home!

Due to the spread of COVID-19, people are urged to stay home and refrain from going out except for basic necessities. It’s a hard time for restaurants and people working in the sightseeing and hotel industry now that patrons cannot support their businesses. Luckily, there are services and websites that aim to support these industries in the time of this global pandemic. If you’re one of those people who enjoy dining out and traveling, this is one of the ways you can help make sure these businesses will survive in these hard times. They’re quite easy to use with the help of the internet.

Gochi Meshi allows you to pay for food in advance

Saki Meshi is a service you can use to pay in advance with the smartphone app Gochi Meshi

The smartphone app Gochi Meshi is working with Saikai Mizuki Shinyo Kinko for the service
Saki Meshi, which enables users to pay for food in advance for future visits to the restaurant once this situation settles down.

By paying via Gochi Meshi app or the website with the list of restaurants taking part in this project, the restaurants earn immediately. The users who paid will be able to have the food they paid for in advance when they visit within 6 months. From April 8, this service broadened its range to all the industries in all places, not just limiting it to restaurants.

Furusato Choice lets you pay your tax to rural communities

Furusato Choice, a support project for companies who have been affected by COVID-19

Furusato Nozei
(translates to hometown tax) is a local government program that allows you to pay your taxes to rural communities (instead of paying to your municipality of residence) and get free goods in exchange.

Furusato Choice, a Furusato Nozei payment website, started a project to support businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. They made this page in cooperation with local governments, so that users can support businesses by Furusato Nozei payment donation.

The targets are businesses related to school lunches, sightseeing, restaurants, flowers, and trees. By donating, you can get thank you gifts like meat, rice, bread, sweets, hotel tickets, and flower arrangements.

Save Restaurants! Tokyo Take Out Map makes ordering take out a breeze

The page of Save Restaurants!

website introduces restaurants where you can order food for take-out. By clicking the icon, you can see the location and details of the restaurant. It’s unique how this map also includes restaurants that started providing food for take-out. 


As of April 9, this map has information of restaurants in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Kansai area (Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Nara, Mie, Shiga, Wakayama), and Nagano. They are planning to add Chiba, Saitama, Aichi, Ishikawa, Toyama, and Fukuoka in the future.

Kurashiru Store has allowed posting through their online store free

The product introduction page on Kurashiru Store

dely, Inc
., which runs the recipe video service Kurashiru, started sharing posts from restaurants that have lost their reservations and customers on their food online shop, Kurashiru Store, for free. They have also started posting hotels too, which you can see in Hotel Okura that started to be shown on page from April 9.

Spreading information of take out services and restaurants

The 3 services POTLUCK, Picks, and TABETE are here to support restaurants.

POTLUCK, a flat-rate take out app; Picks, a mobile order and pay app; and TABETE, a food sharing service are cooperating to support restaurants that are providing food in takeout style.

By tweeting the restaurant and its takeout menus with the hashtag #Takeoutshiyo (Let’s take out), each of the service’s official Twitter accounts spread the information to people looking for food to order.

Minna de Mata Ikune (We’ll visit together again) Japan Destination Support Project supports the sightseeing industry

Minna de Mata Ikune (We’ll visit together again) Japan Destination Support Project

Minna de Mata Ikune (We’ll visit together again) Japan Destination Support Project, a project that you can take part in to support the travel and sightseeing industry, started since the end of March.

A support program on a crowdfunding site

CAMPFIRE started a support program through crowdfunding.

, a major crowdfunding website, started a program to support musicians and event companies that have announced to cancel their events and restaurants and hotels who have been damaged a lot in their management and manufacture. This program enables them to start crowdfunding without the 12% service fee that is usually necessary and only with the 5% payment fee. Individuals can support these companies online.

Other crowdfunding websites like
READYFOR and MOTION GALLERY have also started similar support programs without service fees.

Support programs in local communities are starting as well

Sendai City started We Started Take Outs Project in Sendai.

Sendai City in Miyagi Prefecture launched the website
We Started Take Outs Project in Sendai. This introduces takeout and delivery services available inside the city, so that citizens can enjoy food from restaurants and hotels at home.


Also in Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture, the
Mito Chamber of Commerce and Industry started the hashtag #TakeOutMito to introduce restaurants from which you can take out.

In Aizu Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, the venture company of Aizu University,
Sink, started the website Fukushima Sakibarai Ouendan. It introduces restaurants in the city and by supporting a restaurant, you can get Fukushima-ken, a payment-in-advance coupon that is valid for a year.

, a company in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, started a website Take Out Hamamatsu with restaurants from which you can take out.

More and more support projects are starting beside the ones shared in this article. If any of these interest you, let’s use it to help these businesses.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (3 April 2020)

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