Fears over swine flu have hit the photographic printing business as demand for photographers drops because of cancelled events such as school trips, states a Japanese trade journal.

The ‘new flu’ hit Japan’s printing and photofinishing business ‘hard’ in June – traditionally a time when many schools hire photographers to record sports days and excursions, reports the Tokyo-based publication Pen News Weekly.

The article adds: ‘Customary school trips bring in extra business to school photographers, contracted photo studio and photo stores in the region, as well as photofinishers.

‘This year, however, an epidemic of the new flu terrified school management across the nation and many schools put off the school trips.’