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Around 80 percent of Japanese firms operating in Asia are expecting a drop in sales in the first half of this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, an NNA poll has found.

According to the May 22-26 online survey, to which 1,036 Japanese business representatives in 12 countries and regions responded, 79.2 percent predict a decline in revenue during the January-June period from a year earlier, dragged down mainly by drops in orders, factory suspensions and dampened consumer sentiment.

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