As many as 87.8% of companies in Japan will not hold year-end or new year drinking parties this winter due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, a survey by Tokyo Shoko Research Ltd. showed Thursday.
By prefecture, the share was highest in Nara, western Japan, at 96.0%, followed by Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, at 93.0%.
The survey results indicate Japanese companies' growing awareness of the need to protect their employees amid a resurgence of coronavirus infection cases.
The coming winter is likely to be a tough season for restaurant operators, which normally look forward to the busiest time of the year.
The survey also found that 92.9% of large companies do not plan to hold year-end or new year parties this winter. Of large companies, 75.7% said they held such parties last winter, but will not do so this time.
Meanwhile, 86.9% of small and midsize businesses have no plans to hold such parties.
The survey was conducted between Nov. 9 and Monday, with valid responses received from 10,059 companies.
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