Coronavirus took toll on Japan's auto and retail sales in February

Business Mar 3, 2020

Coronavirus took toll on Japan's auto and retail sales in February

Automakers and department store operators reported sharp sales declines in February as the spread of the new coronavirus dented consumer sentiment and drove away foreign tourists. The weak data came as analysts warned of a second consecutive quarter of contraction in January to March, with ...

Japan's government to demand halt to online face mask auctions

Business Feb 28, 2020

Japan's government to demand halt to online face mask auctions

The industry ministry will ask online auction companies to voluntarily stop listing face masks from their websites, amid supply shortages caused by the spread of COVID-19 infections, it was learned Thursday. Face masks have been in short supply mostly in urban areas, in part because ...