I had a kidney transplant so I take meds that weaken my immune system, which makes me worried sick about the ongoing pandemic. And I usually take precautions, like wearing gloves, but today I forgot them. That’s what happens when you work so hard. I practically have no social life in Japan. My fellow Indian friends complain that I’m here seven days a week. No time for them even on weekends. And after 16 years of living in Japan, I still don’t have Japanese friends since I don’t drink alcohol. But I’m happy to be here. Me and my wife built a life here—we raised our daughter, who’s now an adult, and I opened this restaurant 10 years ago. I guess my main concern is the restaurant business in general. More than the coronavirus, I’m worried about growing competition from cheaper Nepalese restaurants that are cropping up everywhere. Good thing Japanese people love Indian curry. Business is surprisingly not bad despite the outbreak, thanks to this area being residential. I hear in the city some places are bleeding cash.”

Customers enjoying Indian cuisine at Zaika

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