Japan seeks to contain economic impact of Wuhan coronavirus
Topics: JAPAN WUHAN CORONAVIRUS
Japan had 17 confirmed cases as of Friday, including some without symptoms. One of the most recent was a bus guide who worked on a bus tour for tourists from China the same tour as a bus driver who also came down with the virus.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told yesterday meeting of a government task force coordinating Japan's response to the virus to come up with steps aimed at easing the impact of the outbreak on Japan's economy.
Abe has made tourism a key part of his economic policy, with a large proportion of foreign visitors from China, and major Japanese companies have a number of factories in China.
"I ask ministers to compile measures to use reserves (in the state budget) and implement them as soon as possible," Abe was quoted by Kyodo news agency as saying.
"The new coronavirus is having a major impact on tourism, the economy and our society as a whole. The government will do its utmost to address the impact." ■