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Qatar row with Gulf states hits Japan businesses

Blockade stirs fears of a materials shortage for 2020 World Cup venues

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The transport embargo on Qatar by its neighbors is causing headaches for Japanese companies operating in the region.   © Reuters

DUBAI -- The transport disruptions caused by the fallout between Qatar and its Persian Gulf neighbors is beginning to impact Japanese companies that do business in the region.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have severed diplomatic ties and cut transport links with Qatar, claiming it is supporting terrorist groups. 

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