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School graduation ceremonies scaled down in Japan amid virus spread

National Mar 17, 2020

School graduation ceremonies scaled down in Japan amid virus spread

A number of schools in Japan held graduation ceremonies Tuesday amid the new coronavirus outbreak by limiting the number of participants and shortening the proceedings to prevent the spread of the pneumonia-causing virus. As Japan entered the last month of the academic year, schools turned ...

Fast Retailing closing all Uniqlo stores in U.S. amid virus spread

Business Mar 17, 2020

Fast Retailing closing all Uniqlo stores in U.S. amid virus spread

Fast Retailing Co. said it will temporarily close all 50 of its Uniqlo-brand casual fashion outlets in the United States starting Tuesday due to the spread of the coronavirus. The move comes after retailers including Nike Inc. and Lululemon Athletica Inc. announced similar closures as ...

Business mood in Japan plunges to decade lows on coronavirus woes

Business Mar 17, 2020

Business mood in Japan plunges to decade lows on coronavirus woes

Business confidence plunged to decade lows in March as the spreading coronavirus outbreak stoked fears of a global recession and sent stock markets tumbling, according to the Reuters Tankan survey. The monthly poll, released Tuesday, suggests that the Bank of Japan's tankan quarterly survey due ...

In bid to slow coronavirus, Canada shuts borders to foreign nationals

World Mar 17, 2020

In bid to slow coronavirus, Canada shuts borders to foreign nationals

Canada closed its borders to all foreign nationals except U.S. citizens and permanent residents on Monday, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging people to limit social contact to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. Several other countries have taken the same step. The 27-nation ...

Docomo and Hokkaido university plan 5G-based system to monitor cows

Business Mar 17, 2020

Docomo and Hokkaido university plan 5G-based system to monitor cows

Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, NTT Docomo Inc. and others plan to develop a system to monitor dairy cows using fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless networks, aiming for commercialization in 2022. The system will use vast amounts of photographic data to detect early signs ...

Tax cut emerging as option in Japan to combat coronavirus impact

Business / Economy Mar 17, 2020

Tax cut emerging as option in Japan to combat coronavirus impact

The government will consider various measures, including tax cuts, to deal with deepening financial damage from the coronavirus outbreak, economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said Tuesday amid growing debate on the possibility of cutting the consumption tax. A group of ruling party lawmakers proposed last week ...

Tokyo train station eatery gives soba-cooking robot a try

Business Mar 17, 2020

Tokyo train station eatery gives soba-cooking robot a try

A robot that cooks soba noodles is serving hungry commuters at a train station in western Tokyo in yet another example of Japan's shift to automation as labor remains in short supply. The robot was introduced Monday on a trial basis at Higashikoganei Station on ...

Amid outbreak, Japan firms are revoking informal job offers

Business Mar 17, 2020

Amid outbreak, Japan firms are revoking informal job offers

Cancellations of informal job offers are increasing as companies grow more concerned about the impact on their earnings from the spread of the coronavirus. On March 9, a second-year college student in Gifu Prefecture received a brief notice saying that her informal job offer had ...

Japanese emperor's state visit to Britain may be postponed

National Mar 17, 2020

Japanese emperor's state visit to Britain may be postponed

The government is considering postponing a state visit by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako to Britain scheduled for this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a source. It would have been the first overseas trip by the imperial couple since the emperor's enthronement ...

Olympic torch relay modified to limit fans

Olympics Mar 17, 2020

Olympic torch relay modified to limit fans

Tokyo 2020 organizers are asking people who feel ill not to watch the Olympic torch relay from roadsides, part of ongoing efforts in Japan to limit large gatherings and contain the spread of coronavirus. The relay kickoff in Fukushima Prefecture will take place without fans, ...

Onosho upsets title favorite Hakuho

Sumo / Basho Reports Mar 17, 2020

Onosho upsets title favorite Hakuho

Hakuho fell into a two-way tie for the lead Tuesday following his first defeat of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, while fears about the possible cancellation of the meet subsided after a fever-stricken wrestler tested negative for the coronavirus. The yokozuna was put to the ...