Major Japanese construction contractors halt work

By Andy Brown20 April 2020

Major Japanese construction contractors Kajima Corporation, Obayashi Corporation and Taisei Corporation have all revealed that they plan to halt construction nationwide until early May in response to the expanded state of emergency called by the Japanese government over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Japan

All of Japan is now in a state of emergency

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently expanded the state of emergency from Tokyo, Osaka and five other districts to apply to the entire nation.

According to the Japan Times, Kajima and Obayashi plan to halt work until May 6 and Taisei through to May 10.

Kajima, which has about 700 construction sites across the country, said some projects may go ahead as usual if they are urgent.

Japan has not been as badly hit by COVID-19 as many other countries in the world but has seen the number of cases increase rapidly recently, which prompted the government to expand the state of emergency to the whole country.

Cases in Japan recently passed 10,000 with 171 deaths, and there are reports that the country’s hospitals are already becoming overstretched.

 

Latest News
New 300 tonne Liebherr with 90 metre boom
Liebherr announces 300 tonne mobile crane with 90 metre telescopic boom and 12 tonnes per axle
Cummins names Wiltrout VP of Corporate Strategy
Has served in a variety of roles in 12 years at the company
Top training practices for increased construction productivity
Zack Parnell discusses how top practices align with McKinsey & Company’s ‘Construction Productivity Imperative.’