Japanese Firms React To Coronavirus Risk

Japanese firms react to coronavirus risk

Japanese firms operating in China are trying to protect their employees from the newly identified coronavirus that can trigger pneumonia.

The Japan External Trade Organization says, as of October, 156 Japanese firms had bases in or around Wuhan, the city at the center of the outbreak.

Nissan and Honda both have factories in the area and are calling on employees there to take proper measures to prevent infections.

In Japan, a company that produces facemasks is keeping its factories running around the clock to keep up with demand. Unicharm says it has seen a sharp uptick in orders since last week.

Stores are expecting Chinese tourists to flock to Japan this weekend for the Lunar New Year and buy plenty of masks to take home.