90% of Japanese firms forgo year-end, New Year parties due to virus
Munehisa Tokunaga, Kyodo News
Posted at Dec 13 11:22 AM
Annual parties to look back on a passing year and then another to mark a new year, called "bonenkai" and "shinnenkai," respectively, are treated as important customs in Japan's corporate culture. However, this year, 87.8 percent of 10,059 firms across the country have not scheduled such eating and drinking functions, according to a survey conducted by Tokyo Shoko Research.
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