Some seven countries have added Japanese products to their entry restrictions in efforts to curb crime at home and overseas, following the outbreak of the deadly foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) last year.

Three Asian countries, including Vietnam, which is a major destination for Japanese exports, have also tightened Japanese beef imports as a way to prevent the disease from contaminating meat and its food supply.

Japanese importers can send two cases of the contagious contagious contagious contagious virus to those countries per truck under the new arrangement.

This new stance is part of Japan’s concerted effort to curb the spread of criminal elements, particularly with the coming Games approaching next month. The crackdown will continue into the Tokyo 2020.

Although the FMD virus has been detected in just two of 42 domestic farms since the disease struck in April last year, it is feared that the virus could spread further.

Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has recorded 159 case reports of FMD from 1,361 cows since this year.

The most recent data showed 95 cases reported to the Agriculture Ministry on Feb. 23. Authorities announced that until the end of April, they would cap the number of cows that can be raised in an area at 300.

Chinese territory of Hong Kong has also taken steps to protect its hogs and chicken markets and catch shoplifters.

As of Jan. 16, there were 552 shoplifting and trespassing cases in Hong Kong since the end of January this year, slightly higher than the 544 cases recorded in the same period last year.

About 28 percent of shoplifting and trespassing cases involved English or Chinese people, according to Hong Kong Security Service Bureau data.

Many public servants leave their offices at night or on weekends to avoid surveillance and to avoid getting home late.

Companies also try to decrease their staff costs. Hundreds of large business enterprises, including Japan International Cooperation Agency, Hong Kong Free Trade Zone Corporation and the Japan International Trade Association, began early September to put in place the compulsory three-day weekend schedule. (AsiaOne)