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Japanese overseas businesses suffer from SARS

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The effect of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) has reached Japanese companies based in China and Southeast Asian countries. Many such companies have halted normal operations for the time being, perhaps holding onto the glimmer of a hope that this epidemic will somehow soon fade. Yet business sales have already dropped severely due to this epidemic, especially for less immediately required items such as clothing. Restaurants are also suffering as people fear leaving their homes unnecessarily; for example, the beef bowl chain of Yoshinoya D&C Co. has seen a 20 to 30 percent decline in sales from last month.

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