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News COVID-19 (April 20) + links to support + beer gathering

News COVID-19 (April 20) + links to support + beer gathering

We hope you are all coping well with the state-of-emergency.

Here are a few news headlines we gathered over the weekend:


-Japan enters 1st weekend under nationwide state of emergency (April 18, Kyodo News)


-Abe vows swift cash handouts as national emergency bites (April 17, Kyodo News)


-Coronavirus feared taking greater toll on jobs than Lehman shock (April 20, Kyodo News)


-Firms nationwide cutting hours, suspending business (April 19, The Yomiuri Shimbun)


-Small businesses inundating for loans in urgent need for funding (April 19, The Yomiuri Shimbun)


-Agency to match jobless interns with companies seeking workers (April 18, The Asahi Shimbun)


-Crowds fall 50-60 percent, but still short of government call (April 19, The Asahi Shimbun)


-Tokyo stocks open lower in cautious trade after Nikkei’s jump (April 20, The Mainichi)


-Japan logs 4.9 billion yens goods trade surplus in March (April 20, The Mainichi)


-China’s economy shrinks 6.8% in 1st-quarter, 1st decline on record (April 17, Kyodo News)


-Japan begins temperature testing of domestic passengers at Haneda (April 17, Kyodo News)


Here you can find our list of links to Ministries and other that are regularly updated.


Finally, if you feel like catching up with other BLCCJ members, join our online beer gathering tonight! 18:30-19:30 on Zoom, we accept applications till 18:00, just email us:


In the meantime, take good care, stay healthy and safe!


The BLCCJ office