URGENT: Japan gov't calls for longer New Year holiday to curb virus spread

The Japanese government will ask companies to extend the upcoming New Year holiday by about one week in a bid to mitigate crowding by people visiting relatives or going on vacation and lower the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, a Cabinet member said Friday.Under the plan, announced by Yasutoshi Nishimura, the minister in charge of the government’s coronavirus response, companies that would usually go back to work on Jan. 4 will be asked to wait until Jan. 12, a day after Coming-of-Age Day.The New Year holiday is one of the busiest seasons for travel in Japan as trains, planes and highw…

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