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From marathons to job fairs, Japan pushes back events

Government seeks cooperation to keep infection under control

Job fairs for college students are common this time of year in Japan, but the coronavirus outbreak has thrown a wrench into the  recruitment schedule. (Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto)

TOKYO -- A wide range of events in Japan, from job fairs to marathons, are either being canceled or scaled back as the government urges caution in holding large gatherings that could exacerbate the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Staffing agency Recruit Career on Thursday canceled job fairs scheduled next month in 44 of 47 prefectures for students graduating in spring 2021. "A total of 30,000 to 50,000 students and 5,000 companies will be affected," the company said.

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