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Hello Kitty to go on temporary leave amid coronavirus outbreak

One quarter of businesses surveyed are already affected by the epidemic

Sanrio Entertainment has announced that it will shut its popular Sanrio Puroland theme park in Tokyo until March 12. 

TOKYO -- Japanese companies that rely heavily on tourist spending have been hit hard by the growing coronavirus epidemic, with some suspending business entirely, as the infection begins to spread in Japan.

A survey by credit research specialist Tokyo Shoko Research revealed that more than 2,800 Japanese companies, 23% of those surveyed, say their business has suffered due to the coronavirus, while 44%, or 5,401, expect some impact.

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