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Virus resurgence forces Japan to skip parties and push telework

NTT warns against business dinners while Toshiba plans temperature scans

Japanese businesses are discouraging the traditional year-end parties, as the events risk spreading the coronavirus within a company and beyond. (Photo by Koji Uema)

TOKYO -- As a third wave of coronavirus cases washes over Japan, companies are bolstering measures intended to keep employees safe.

Business dinners are a major target. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone, which had let staff use their own judgment for such gatherings while encouraging them to take precautions against infection, went a step further on Tuesday and urged employees to avoid them "as much as possible." Auto parts manufacturer G-Tekt is banning business dinners for personnel at its head office starting Monday.

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