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Keeping schools closed delivers a double blow to productivity

Prime Minister Boris Johnson appealed to “good solid British common sense” as he attempted to get the UK back to work this week. But the edict left many scratching their heads by urging the reopening of swathes of industry while schools remain closed.

The 5.3 million workers in the UK’s manufacturing and construction industries – many of whom are parents – are being “positively encouraged” to take up tools after lockdown, while childcare arrangements remain unclear.

Nurseries and schools are not slated to begin a phased reopening until at least June 1. Meanwhile the army of stay-at-home workers who have

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Japan’s refugee conundrum: open wallet, closed borders

TOKYO — The stench from leather factories, where animal hide is skinned and cured, hangs in the air over Sumida, an industrial neighborhood in northeast Tokyo scattered with nondescript residential complexes. Inside a one-bedroom apartment, 10-year-old Rafael playfully wrestled with two volunteers from Sophia University’s Refugee Support Group who had come to deliver donations of supplies and secondhand clothes. Among the gifts were storybooks, which the volunteers dangled just out of the boy’s reach.

“These books are in kanji. I don’t think you can read kanji yet,” one of the volunteers teased, referring to Chinese characters.

“I can read

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Coronavirus latest: New York’s Broadway closed all summer

The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Global cases have reached 4,088,848, according to the World Health Organization.

The worldwide death toll has hit 283,153.

To see how the disease has spread, view our virus tracker charts:


(Source photo by AP) 

Here are the latest developments (Tokyo time):

Wednesday, May 13

4:00 a.m. U.S. stocks sell off on concerns over a second wave of coronavirus outbreaks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls more than 450 points, or 1.9%, while the S&P 500 declines 2%

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Closed zoos in Japan scramble to keep animals fed and healthy

NAGOYA — Zoos across Japan shut down over the pandemic have taken steps to protect their charges from the coronavirus.

At Nagoya’s Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens, caretakers now work in rotating shifts to minimize risk, and infection control measures are thorough.

“We intend to ensure the best possible conditions for welcoming back the children who are waiting for us to reopen,” a spokesperson said.

Big cats at New York’s Bronx Zoo tested positive for the virus last month, with the source reportedly a staffer.

Higashiyama Zoo, known for showcasing Shabani the handsome gorilla, can ill afford to see its

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