JR West to furlough workers again

Business Jan 20, 2021

JR West to furlough workers again

JR West decided on its second company-wide furlough because of an expected drop in passengers after a fresh coronavirus state of emergency was declared in some prefectures including Osaka.

Health-conscious habits from 2020 to keep up

Lifestyle Jan 20, 2021

Health-conscious habits from 2020 to keep up

by Tara Parker-Pope

Looking back on 2020, lockdowns and pandemic restrictions forced many people to start new routines. Work commutes disappeared. Fitness classes were canceled. Homes became classrooms and workplaces. Some people thrived with all the changes; others struggled. "The experience of 2020, as hard as it was, held ...

Accommodation sector dismissals top 10,000 in Japan

Business Jan 20, 2021

Accommodation sector dismissals top 10,000 in Japan

The cumulative number of workers in the accommodation industry who have been fired or seen their employment contracts not renewed due to the impact of the novel coronavirus epidemic has topped 10,000, the labor ministry said Tuesday. The accommodation sector followed the manufacturing, restaurant and ...

Foreign visitors to Japan in 2020 plunge 87% in biggest recorded drop

National Jan 20, 2021

Foreign visitors to Japan in 2020 plunge 87% in biggest recorded drop

Foreign visitors to Japan in 2020 plunged 87.1% from a year earlier, the biggest drop since 1964 when comparable data became available, the Japan Tourism Agency said Wednesday, as the coronavirus pandemic dented travel demand and entry restrictions were imposed. The number of foreign nationals ...

Men's clothing retailer Aoyama to cut floor space at 400 stores

Business Jan 20, 2021

Men's clothing retailer Aoyama to cut floor space at 400 stores

Men's clothing retailer Aoyama Trading Co. will reduce floor space at about 400 stores, in the face of falling demand for business suits reflecting the spreading use of telework amid the coronavirus pandemic, it was learned Wednesday. Aoyama Trading is set to close about 160 ...