Japanese say COVID-19 support for business is lacking: survey

Japanese say COVID-19 support for business is lacking: survey

TOKYO — The Japanese government is not giving companies the support they need to endure the coronavirus-induced downturn, according to a recent survey by public relations company Kekst-CNC. Only 13% of respondents said the government is giving sufficient backing...
China proposes fast-track entry for Japanese business travelers

China proposes fast-track entry for Japanese business travelers

BEIJING — China has approached Japan about reviving business travel between the two countries, Nikkei has learned. China has suggested that it will allow certain individuals to enter the country if these travelers first test negative for the coronavirus and meet...
Japan small business aid would cover two-thirds rent for 6 months

Japan small business aid would cover two-thirds rent for 6 months

TOKYO — Japan’s ruling party is proposing to cover two-thirds of rent for small businesses for up to six months to help them survive a drop in revenue during the coronavirus outbreak. The subsidy would start next month, with a monthly cap of 500,000 yen...
Normalcy eludes Bangkok after business lockdown eased

Normalcy eludes Bangkok after business lockdown eased

BANGKOK — The streets of Bangkok hardly returned to business as usual Sunday, the first day of relaxed COVID-19 restrictions imposed in late March for such establishments as restaurants and hair salons. “We decided to resume our dine-in service from today,...
China economy enters vicious circle as business cuts crush demand

China economy enters vicious circle as business cuts crush demand

HONG KONG — Lured by thriving tourism in his hometown Chongqing in Southwestern China, Li Yi last year used a big chunk of his savings to start a bed-and-breakfast business. But two weeks after his venture kicked off, Li’s BnB overlooking the Yangtze River...