As my readers know, I am in Japan on a travel and wildlife photography tour with the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III camera. Upon my return, I will write a real world review of the new body. You can follow my travels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and see my equipment bag and works on MichaelDanielHo.com
Personally, I feel very safe here but the Japaneses authorities are keen on protecting the upcoming Summer Olympics. There are strong suggestions from the central government to many businesses to allow employees to work from home or shut down their operations for two weeks to stop the spread of the virus. Many schools and colleges are closed for a few weeks as well.
Accordingly, Canon is apparently idling five facilities based in the Oita, Miyazaki and Nagasaki prefectures, from March 2nd to March 13th, ostensibly because of interruption of the supply chain from China. There are no employees who are affected by the virus at this time.
The shuttered plants produce SLR cameras, interchangeable lenses, and security cameras. There will be an impact on the timely delivery of Canon equipment, like the upcoming EOS R5 and R6 mirrorless cameras.