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Japan's key sectors prepare for virus emergency

April 5, 2020 - 21:27
Japanese companies are moving to prevent sectors vital to modern society from shutting down if the government declares an emergency over the coronavirus pandemic. (Nikkei)
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No lockdown needed? Japan stores are shutting down voluntarily

April 4, 2020 - 19:56
With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government stuck on the brink of declaring a state of emergency that might lead to a lockdown, Japan’s restaurant, bar and chain stores are taking matters into their own hands by voluntarily shuttering hundreds of stores to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Japan Times)
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Japan's data usage surges 40%, raising overload fears

April 3, 2020 - 19:56
The volume of internet data used in Japan jumped 40% in roughly a month, industry figures show, prompting concerns about overwhelming the network. (Nikkei)
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JAL executives to take 10 percent pay cut as coronavirus weighs on business

April 2, 2020 - 20:24
Japan Airlines Co. executives will voluntarily take a 10 percent cut in monthly remuneration from April to June as a cost-cutting measure after the global coronavirus pandemic forced it to sharply reduce flights, a source close to the matter said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Germany to buy Avigan from Japan to fight coronavirus

April 2, 2020 - 20:05
The German government will purchase large amounts of the anti-influenza drug Avigan, developed by a unit of Fujifilm Holdings, to treat the new coronavirus, local media reported Thursday. (Nikkei)
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T-Mobile completes merger with Sprint

April 1, 2020 - 21:26
T-Mobile US said on Wednesday it officially completed the merger with Sprint Corp, solidifying its position as the No.3 wireless providers in the U.S. (Nikkei)
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BOJ Tankan: Business sentiment turns negative

April 1, 2020 - 18:25
The coronavirus scare has sent shudders through the world of big business in Japan, as it undermines a broad range of economic activities. (NHK)
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Economic gloom deepens as coronavirus pandemic takes devastating toll on business

April 1, 2020 - 18:22
The global economy is confronting one of its greatest crises, with forecasts showing it's likely to shrink for the first time in 11 years as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on businesses across the world. (NHK)
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Panic buying in Japan lifts February retail sales

March 31, 2020 - 21:53
Japan's retail sales in February rose 1.7% from the previous year to 11.2 trillion yen, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Tuesday. Drugstore sales surged 18.9%, as consumers scrambled to buy face masks, toilet paper and other health and hygiene products in response to the new coronavirus outbreak. (Nikkei)
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Japan sees tourism numbers plummet

March 31, 2020 - 21:05
The Japan Tourism Agency says the number of overnight stays by foreign guests in February was 40.4 percent lower than in the same month last year. (NHK)
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SoftBank’s big bet on sharing economy backfires with coronavirus

March 29, 2020 - 18:55
Masayoshi Son has been among the most fervent believers in the sharing economy, investing billions in startups that help people split the use of cars, rooms and offices. (Japan Times)
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Japan to give one-year tax grace period for virus-hit companies

March 27, 2020 - 20:47
The Japanese government will create a special system to provide a one-year grace period for companies to pay tax and social insurance premiums due to the spread of the coronavirus, the Nikkei has learned. (Nikkei)
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ANA eyes $920m loan as coronavirus drains cash

March 27, 2020 - 20:43
The parent of Japanese airline All Nippon Airways is looking into a roughly 100 billion yen ($920 million) syndicated loan from seven lenders as the carrier fortifies its balance sheet to cope with the drop-off in air travel demand. (Nikkei)
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Mask prices in Tokyo surge 11.3% in March as virus concerns grow

March 27, 2020 - 20:35
Mask prices in Tokyo’s densely populated 23 wards jumped 11.3 percent in March from a year before, reflecting supply shortages stemming from the spread of COVID-19, government data showed Friday. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo food stores to open over weekend as theme parks and cinemas close

March 27, 2020 - 20:30
Supermarkets and convenience stores decided Thursday to stay open as usual in the coming days, after a request by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s for residents in the capital not to leave home over the weekend. (Japan Times)
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Postponing Olympics adds to nightmare year for Japan's economy

March 25, 2020 - 19:45
The $6 billion that just walked out the door with the postponement of the 2020 Olympics is only the start of the hits Japan's economy will sustain this year. (Nikkei)
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Tokyo hotels wait for '2021 Olympics' with empty guest logs to fill

March 25, 2020 - 19:42
A day after the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games were postponed by a year, Tokyo's landmark Imperial Hotel began arrangements to release the several hundred rooms it had withheld for organizers of the games during the July-September period. (Nikkei)
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Executive-level coaching for employees at all levels

March 24, 2020 - 20:22
"Everybody needs a coach," stressed Bill Gates in the opening of a recent TED Talk. (
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Japanese hotel bookings suffer 90 percent drop over coronavirus: survey

March 24, 2020 - 19:58
Some Japanese hotels saw March and April bookings drop as much as 90% year on year amid the new coronavirus outbreak, according to a survey conducted by the land ministry, as the tourism industry continues to teeter. (Nikkei)
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Masayoshi Son’s empire wobbles as virus hits debt load

March 22, 2020 - 23:42
Investors are growing increasingly skittish about the stability of Masayoshi Son’s empire. (Japan Times)
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