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Business card culture fades in Asia as COVID spread cuts contact

Companies instead adopt cloud-based contact management to drive their expansion

An office at the headquarters of Japan's Fujitsu where the majority of staff now work remotely amid the coronavirus pandemic. Asian companies are increasingly switching to virtual methods of conducting business to reduce physical contact, including with customers.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Spaced-apart desks in offices, work-from-home arrangements and now a reduced reliance on business cards: The coronavirus pandemic has prompted an evolution of norms long part of corporate culture in Asia and beyond.

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