Pandemic Forces Digital Change on Japan’s Analog Businesses

The coronavirus pandemic may be a drag on economies across the globe, but in Japan it’s bringing long-overdue change in work habits and tools. About 90% of Japanese refiner Idemitsu Kosan Co.’s non-manufacturing employees have worked from home. Department-store chain Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. is using video chats to offer shopping suggestions online, while smaller […]

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Japanese Factory Output Drops Again Even as Emergency Ends

Japan’s industrial production dropped again in May even as a nationwide state of emergency was lifted, showing the severity of the pandemic’s impact on the export-reliant manufacturing sector. Factory output fell 8.4% from April, the economy ministry reported Tuesday. Production slid from the prior month for a fourth time in a row, something that hasn’t […]

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In Japan, Pandemic Brings Outbreaks of Bullying, Ostracism

Tokyo (AP) — The coronavirus in Japan has brought not just an epidemic of infections, but also an onslaught of bullying and discrimination against the sick, their families and health workers. A government campaign to raise awareness seems to be helping, at least for medical workers. But it’s made only limited headway in countering the […]

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