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Can China, Japan and Korea follow RCEP with their own free-trade deal?

30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:50 AM

China’s attempt to further consolidate regional economic power by pushing forward a trilateral free-trade agreement with Japan and South Korea has been met with both [...] » More

Sony ‘could shift factories out of Japan’ over renewable energy drought

30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | Rechargenews | 6:50 AM

Electronics giant Sony warned Japan’s government it could shift its manufacturing abroad over difficulties sourcing renewable energy for its operations, according to a [...] » More

1 dies, 11 injured as angler boat, cargo ship collide in east Japan

30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | Kyodo News | 6:50 AM

All 12 people from the fishing vessel were rescued from the sea but five passengers were taken to hospital, including the 46-year-old man from Tokyo later confirmed dead, [...] » More

Japan to extend coronavirus furlough subsidy until end of February

30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | JapanTimes | 6:50 AM

The labour ministry said Friday it has decided to extend again a special measure under the government’s employment adjustment subsidy scheme, by two months until the [...] » More

Suga adviser says Japan needs another JPY 40 trillion in stimulus

30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:50 AM

A new adviser to prime minister Yoshihide Suga says a stimulus plan being drafted now should be more than double the size expected by investors if it is to prevent mass job [...] » More

Japan ruling party calls for major green investment in draft plan

30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:50 AM

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) said in the draft proposal, which was seen by Reuters early on Friday, that the government should create a fund with a size [...] » More

Japan to defer plan to require ‘My Number’ to be linked to bank account info

30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | Mainichi | 6:50 AM

The government is set to defer a plan to require the “My Number” individual social security and tax number system to be linked to savings and deposit account [...] » More

News outlets clash over tone of COVID-19 coverage

30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | JapanTimes | 6:50 AM

The government’s COVID-19 subcommittee held a news conference on November 9 to discuss nationwide increases in infections this winter. The government itself seems [...] » More

50-year-old Japanese comic series Doraemon a smash hit in pandemic

30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | Kyodo News | 6:50 AM

Pandemic-induced school closures saw Japanese children discover the charm of the 50-year-old popular comic series Doraemon, which proved a smash hit this year, according to [...] » More

Delayed Tokyo Olympics to cost additional $1.9bn: report

30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:50 AM

The coronavirus-delayed Tokyo Olympics could cost $1.9 billion more than its original budget of $13 billion, a 15 percent increase, a report said Sunday. The Olympics [...] » More

From small businesses to farmers, middle India is driving demand

30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:50 AM

Manish Mehra, owner of Washex Hospitality, an industrial laundry service, recently flew from Delhi to Jodhpur, a city in northwestern India, to win a contract to service a [...] » More

COVID-19 bed occupancy rises across Japan as fears grow over health care system

30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | JapanTimes | 6:50 AM

The occupancy of hospital beds for coronavirus patients as of Wednesday rose from a week earlier in 40 of the 47 prefectures, with some medical care systems now on the verge [...] » More

Japan considering infertility care subsidies for small businesses

30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | JapanTimes | 6:50 AM

The government is considering creating a subsidy programme for small companies to help them provide better support for employees receiving infertility treatment, according to [...] » More

Japan eyes 35pct quota for female political candidates by 2025

30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | Kyodo News | 6:50 AM

Japan will aim for a 35 percent quota for female parliamentary candidates by 2025, Cabinet Office officials have said, hoping that setting a concrete target will advance [...] » More

A job for life, or not? A class divide deepens in Japan

30-Nov-2020 Intellasia | JapanTimes | 6:50 AM

For more than a decade, Setsuko Hikita spent her working days selling snacks and newspapers in the bowels of Tokyo’s bustling metro system. Amid the chaos of morning [...] » More