A hotel in western Japan is trying to revive its fortunes by creating a safe way for business people to hold functions and banquets in the coronavirus era.
The JR Hotel Clement Takamatsu in Kagawa Prefecture invited local executives to see a demonstration on Tuesday.
The managers have halved the number of people allowed to sit at each table, and installed transparent boards between guests to block airborne droplets.
And for the obligatory swapping of business cards, the hotel has set up booths where people pass the cards under a plastic sheet.
Guests can even buy face shields if they want to avoid talking through a mask.
Manager Ichikawa Tomohisa says he thinks if people can hold meetings and exchange information then the whole economy will gradually recover.