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New Website Launched for Explaining Case Examples of Leading Retail Stores Engaging in Efforts for Preventing Expansion of Novel Coronavirus Disease

April 16, 2020

Amid the expansion of the novel coronavirus disease, the government has issued the Declaration of a State of Emergency under Article 32 (1) of the Act on Special Measures for Pandemic Influenza and New Infectious Diseases Preparedness and Response (Act No.31 of 2012). In this situation, supermarkets and convenience stores have been continuing their businesses at their respective stores to sell foods and other commodities. As such stores are expected to bring together many people, it is important for respective stores to take measures against the novel coronavirus disease at store fronts in order to not expand the disease.

Currently, more and more such stores have been making a variety of efforts involving the disease. However, to prevent the expansion of the disease, it is significant not only for more stores to engage in such efforts but also for consumers to understand the purposes of these efforts.

To this end, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Consumer Affairs Agency and the Distribution Economics Institute of Japan collaborated in collecting good case examples of leading retail stores engaging in efforts for preventing the expansion of the disease at respective stores and opened a website to convey the efforts to the public. METI hopes that many consumers and companies will visit the website as a reference in taking measures against the disease.

Division in Charge

Consumer Affairs, Distribution and Retail Industry Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group