13% of employees in Japan telecommuting due to coronavirus

Business Mar 23, 2020

13% of employees in Japan telecommuting due to coronavirus

About 13 percent of company employees across Japan are working remotely as part of measures to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus, the first time for almost half of them, according to the results of a study by a Tokyo-based think tank. Persol ...

National Mar 22, 2020

Impact of Japan's school shutdowns has 70% of parents concerned

About 70 percent of parents are worried about the impact the nationwide school shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak is having on their children, a survey by a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization showed recently. Respondents cited children's mental stress from changes to their daily routine as ...

Japan rural land prices rise for first time in 28 years

National Mar 18, 2020

Japan rural land prices rise for first time in 28 years

The average price of all types of land in Japan's rural areas rose last year for the first time since 1992, aided by redevelopment projects and improvement in infrastructure, the government said Wednesday. Land in all categories, including residential and industrial land in the nation's ...

Business mood in Japan plunges to decade lows on coronavirus woes

Business Mar 17, 2020

Business mood in Japan plunges to decade lows on coronavirus woes

Business confidence plunged to decade lows in March as the spreading coronavirus outbreak stoked fears of a global recession and sent stock markets tumbling, according to the Reuters Tankan survey. The monthly poll, released Tuesday, suggests that the Bank of Japan's tankan quarterly survey due ...

Mood of workers on the economy's front line hits nine-year low

Business / Economy Mar 9, 2020

Mood of workers on the economy's front line hits nine-year low

Business sentiment among workers with jobs sensitive to economic trends deteriorated sharply to its worst level in nearly nine years in February due to growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. The diffusion index of confidence among "economy watchers" such as taxi drivers and restaurant staff ...