Employees work at home to curb virus spread

Companies in Japan are taking preventative measures to deal with the spread of the coronavirus. Some are telling their employees to work from home if they have recently been in China.

E-commerce giant Rakuten says its policy covers workers and their family members who were in the country on business or on holiday from January 16th. They have been told to telecommute for a two-week period.

Rakuten will also allow pregnant women to work from home, regardless if they have been in China, if their bosses give consent.

The company will postpone business trips to and from the country.

Japan's largest securities firm, Nomura Holdings, is giving its group company employees the choice of telecommuting for two weeks.