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NEWS: Sony, Bushiroad Cancel Event Attendance Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns




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omiya



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whenever I follow coronavirus news I hear evangelion's decisive battle in my head..
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I understand due concern about this situation, and canceling large-scale events in China itself and immediately-surrounding countries is certainly prudent, but Sony canceling an appearance halfway around the globe when the US has seen less than 20 overall cases makes far less sense. I mean it's not like PAX East itself is being canceled, so does Sony think there's some sort of inherent danger in having their representatives attend?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:08 pm Reply with quote
Top Gun wrote:
I understand due concern about this situation, and canceling large-scale events in China itself and immediately-surrounding countries is certainly prudent, but Sony canceling an appearance halfway around the globe when the US has seen less than 20 overall cases makes far less sense. I mean it's not like PAX East itself is being canceled, so does Sony think there's some sort of inherent danger in having their representatives attend?


I'd imagine it's not about the event they'd be attending, but rather the possible risks of international flights to get staff there in the first place.
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I mean if that's the concern, why not just have their US personnel handle the appearance? Sony Interactive Entertainment is based in California in the first place.
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English page of Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, "About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)":

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/newpage_00032.html
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Nintendo will still be there though
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