“In-depth notice about response to infectious diseases has been given to the employees in the group in Japan,” Konica Minolta said in a statement. “Mitigating risks for infection, the company recommends daily commute during off-peak hours and working remotely, as the domestic work force so often depends on public transportation. These actions are adopted in accordance with business environment of each company and its departments.

“Gatherings of many people, such as business meetings and seminars, are cancelled or postponed in the meantime. Alternative operations including call or video conferences are being utilized.”

Konica Minolta last week resumed production at its factories in China after closing them down following a Chinese government-ordered suspension in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The company's primary production facilities in China are located away from Wuhan, where the virus was first identified, in Wuxi, Dongguan, and Dalian. 

Meanwhile, fellow Japan-based printing technology manufacturer Ricoh announced it will donate RMB 7 million (about 116 million yen or $A1.5m) to support the recovery from the coronavirus in China. read more here

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