One of the largest banks in Japan has suspended lottery ticket sales due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Japan.- One of the largest banks in Japan has suspended lottery ticket sales due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Mizuho Bank has said that as of Thursday it will not allow any face-to-face lottery ticket sales at branches across Japan.
The bank has already halted lottery ticket sales at branches in Tokyo and six other branches since the government declared a state of emergency in Japan’s capital on April 7.
The nationwide lottery sales suspension emerged after the state of emergency was expanded to cover the entire country last Thursday (April 16).
Mizuho is the third-largest financial group in the country and is commissioned to carry out lottery-related operations by a group managing lotteries in the country.
Lottery tickets will remain available to purchase online, including at a website run by the group.