Crowds pack Japan’s shopping arcades despite pandemic emergency

National Apr 20, 2020

Crowds pack Japan’s shopping arcades despite pandemic emergency

Despite the official state of emergency declared over COVID-19, people are still flocking to shopping arcades in Tokyo and other big cities across the nation. Data released Sunday by NTT Docomo Inc. shows that crowd levels Saturday in major shopping districts, including Shinjuku in Tokyo ...

Japan's retailers facing crisis amid coronavirus scare

Business Apr 14, 2020

Japan's retailers facing crisis amid coronavirus scare

Retailers are struggling to continue operations a week after the government declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, with shop employees facing overwork due to labor shortages and stress associated with infection risks. The number of part-time workers began declining in March when ...

Virus pandemic pushes Japan’s shoppers to finally buy online

Business Apr 10, 2020

Virus pandemic pushes Japan’s shoppers to finally buy online

by Lisa Du

Now that the government is urging consumers and businesses to step up efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak, shoppers may finally have no excuse but to embrace e-commerce and wean themselves from brick-and-mortar stores. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency for Tokyo ...

Coronavirus will change how we shop, travel and work for years

Business Mar 21, 2020

Coronavirus will change how we shop, travel and work for years

by Enda Curran

Every economic shock leaves a legacy. The deadly coronavirus will be no different. The great depression spurred a "waste not, want not” attitude that defined consumer patterns for decades. Hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic still haunts German policy. The Asian financial crisis left the region hoarding ...

China unveils plan to reduce single-use plastic by 2025

Business Jan 20, 2020

China unveils plan to reduce single-use plastic by 2025

China's top economic planner said it would cut the production and use of plastic over the next five years, helping reduce one of the world's biggest sources of plastic pollution. By the end of this year, nondegradable plastic bags will be banned in places such ...