Over 1,000 Workers May Be Axed in Japan amid Virus Spread

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Tokyo, March 31 (Jiji Press)--The number of workers in Japan who are expected to be fired or see their employment contracts not renewed due to the fallout from the outbreak of the new coronavirus is projected to total 1,021, the labor ministry said Tuesday.

The estimate is based on data reported to Hello Work public job placement offices across the country by Monday.

The ministry also said that 22 companies have canceled their informal job offers granted to 33 university and high school students graduating this spring, due to the coronavirus impact. Of the 33 people, 14 were to be hired by hotel or restaurant operators and eight by daily life-related service or entertainment companies.

Many of the workers seen to be fired are in the tour bus or hotel industries. Since February, Hello Work offices have been seeing a surge in the number of job seekers in these sectors.

At a time when many tourism-related companies are moving to reduce their workforce in response to their rapidly faltering earnings reflecting a plunge in visitors from abroad, mainly China, an increasing number of people in the sector are apparently trying to find new jobs, analysts said.

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