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- The Japanese government plans to step up measures toward the end of the year to fight coronavirus infections. The government advisory panel on its coronavirus response on Wednesday called for stronger action for a short period of around three weeks.
- A government survey shows Japanese firms have moved to slash wages as the coronavirus pandemic continues. The labor ministry survey covered more than 1,600 companies between July and August. Overall, about 11 percent of companies surveyed cut wages or planned to do so.
- Fans in Argentina are gathering in the capital to pay their respects to soccer legend Diego Maradona who died on Wednesday. The Argentine government has declared three days of national mourning following Maradona’s death.