Only 37% of firms met Japan gov't target of cutting commuters by 70%

Only around 37 percent of firms in prefectures under the state of emergency in Japan have met the government’s target of cutting commuters by 70 percent or more to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a survey released Friday by the country’s largest business lobby Keidanren. Yasutoshi Nishimura, minister in charge of the government’s coronavirus response, held a remote meeting with leaders of major business organizations on the same day and requested they push members to promote teleworking to help meet the target. Nishimura said the number of people commuting decreased b…

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