Jiji Press reported that Kobe Steel Ltd will suspend operations at its Chofu Works in Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture in western Japan after 12 workers there tested positive for the coronavirus. Operations will be halted from Monday to Wednesday at the Chofu Works copper plate factory and from Tuesday to Thursday at the aluminum extrusion and processing factory. A separate media report said that Japan’s Top Rugby League season has been delayed, with the opening fixtures pushed back until early or mid-February after 18 new positive Covid-19 cases were confirmed on last Thursday; just two days after 44 positive cases from players and staff were confirmed. Three cases at NEC Green Rockets, ten cases at Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers and five cases at Toshiba Brave Lupus led to the league’s delay. Kobe Steel is a major Japanese steel manufacturer headquartered in Chuo-ku in Kobe. It was formed on September 1, 1905. Its location in a major city port was useful for importing and exporting iron ore and coal. It is one of Kobe's oldest industrial companies. Its main production facilities are Kakogawa Steel Works and Kobe Steel Works. Kobe Steel is the owner of the rugby team Kobelco Steelers.