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METI to Request Ordering Companies to Take Appropriate Care in Trading with Individual Business Operators and Freelancers Affected by Novel Coronavirus Disease

March 10, 2020

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), in joint name with the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare and the Chairman of the Japan Fair Trade Commission, will request, through related associations, ordering companies to take appropriate care in trading with individual business operators and freelancers affected by the novel coronavirus disease.

1. Overview

As the novel coronavirus disease is spreading across the world, the impact caused by the disease on supply chains and other business activities has already been seen in Japan as well as other countries.

The government considers it important to minimize the negative impacts on individual business operators and freelancers, whose business bases are vulnerable to such adverse conditions and whose decrease in income is highly likely to directly result in worsening their daily lives. To this end, METI, in joint name with the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare and the Chairman of the Japan Fair Trade Commission, will request through related associations, ordering companies to take appropriate care in trading with such individual business operators and freelancers (see the Appendix).

2. Details of the request

Division in Charge

Human Resources Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau