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Japanese companies welcome new recruits amid coronavirus caution

Toned down ceremonies greet class of 2020 as many join via video link from home

A new employee, left, at The Nishi-Nippon City Bank has her temperature checked before an entrance ceremony in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Chuo Ward, Fukuoka. (Photo by Shinya Sawai) 

TOKYO/OSAKA/FUKUOKA -- With the start of the new fiscal year on April 1, large companies on Wednesday welcomed a new class employees in a time honored right of passage in Japan. But the coronavirus has caused many to suspend or significantly scale back their entrance ceremonies.

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