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Retail bankruptcies fall 30 percent in 2021 in Japan

6,030 companies went bankrupt in 2021 according to Tokyo Shoko Research, a fall of 22 percent on the previous year but in retail, the number of bankruptcies fell 30 percent to 730. 

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These numbers suggest a reprieve following the worst months of Covid and are historically still very low; while peak years such as the mid-1980s and early 2000s saw as many as 20,000 bankruptcies across all sectors, with the previous record low of 4,212 bankruptcies in 1964. 

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Last year’s result can partly be attributed to the extensive support for SMEs from government and financial institutions after the start of the pandemic.



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(Source: JapanConsuming)