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Coronavirus

Itochu reverts to telecommuting as Japan's infections surge

Trading house moves to rotating shifts with coronavirus testing for employees

Half of Itochu's employees will continue to commute to the office, in rotating shifts.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese trading house Itochu decided Friday to have half of its 3,000 or so domestic employees work from home, reversing course on its return to the office as coronavirus cases surge.

Staffers will go to the workplace on rotating shifts, starting Monday. Itochu will partner with Tokyo Women's Medical University Hospital to monitor employee health. Polymerase chain reaction tests for the virus will be conducted as needed, with employees receiving the results the same day.

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