The novel coronavirus is starting to impact daily life in the Japanese capital of Tokyo, and Canon is moving with the times in protecting their workforce.
That’s why the company has decided to close down its headquarters in the metropolis until at least next month.
The company said in a press release: “The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rapidly spread throughout Tokyo and other large urban areas. Amid this situation, our highest priorities are to protect the health of our employees and their families, neighboring families and businesses, as well as customers and business partners, and to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Therefore, Canon Inc. announces that the following offices will temporarily suspend operations from Tuesday, April 7 through Wednesday, May 6.”
There is some light at the end of the tunnel as the press release does leave open the possibility that the company could reopen its headquarters sooner.
“We will continue to respond to the changing situation, maintaining as our highest priorities the protection the health of our employees and their families, neighboring families and businesses, customers and business partners, and to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. We will review and revise our response as the situation evolves,” Canon writes.
Along with Fuji, Canon is involved with the fight against COVID-19 through one of its many subsidiary companies. That firm has seemingly developed a testing kit for the disease while Fuji is beginning a second round of clinical trials of the drug Avigan in the United States.
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