Archive for December 23rd, 2016

China Demands Emission Cuts as Year’s Worst Smog Chokes Beijing

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:00 AM

China called for better coordination to cut emissions after a sixth day of heavy smog engulfed much of the northern part of the country and spurred the year’s highest [...] » More

Beijing’s Air Pollution is Frightening.

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Time | 6:00 AM

Winters in Beijing are grim. It’s not just the subzero temperatures and shortened days that feel so oppressive; the end of the year chill means even more coal is burned [...] » More

Coal Traders See End of Price Rally as China Ramps Up Output

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:00 AM

Coal’s recovery was one of the biggest surprises in commodities this year, but it’s all poised to end as output rises from China, producer of half the [...] » More

Japan Display Gets New Lifeline From government-Backed Fund

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:00 AM

Japan Display Inc., which has struggled to deliver consistent profits since it was formed by a government-backed fund four years ago, is going back for more money. The [...] » More

Apple’s Search for Better iPhone Screens Leads to Japan’s Rice Fields

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:00 AM

Apple Inc.’s quest to adopt advanced displays for its next-generation iPhone hinges on a single supplier in the Japanese countryside. Canon Tokki Corp., surrounded by [...] » More

Japan’s Students Forced to Live Under a Burden of Debt

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:00 AM

Kengo Kyogoku borrows about 122,000 yen ($1,035) per month in addition to a scholarship and a part-time job, because his mother can’t afford to pay his college fees at [...] » More

Japan Approves Record Defense Spending Amid China Tensions

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:00 AM

Japan’s cabinet approved a record defense budget of just over 5 trillion yen ($42.5 billion) for the year starting April, as tensions with China simmer over disputed [...] » More

Japan, Indonesia to cooperate on maritime security

Japan, Indonesia to cooperate on maritime security

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Japan and Indonesia agreed Wednesday to cooperate on maritime security at a time when both countries are embroiled in sea rows with China. Beijing asserts sovereignty over [...] » More

Japan plans record $830 billion spending in FY2017/18, budget-balancing goal elusive

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Japan’s cabinet approved on Thursday a record $830 billion spending budget for fiscal 2017 that counts on low interest rates and a weak yen to limit borrowing, [...] » More

Swipe right? ‘Toilet paper’ for smartphones trialled in Japanese airport bathrooms

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | The Guardian | 6:00 AM

Sheets bear the message ‘welcome to Japan’ and contain information on Wi-Fi spots and other travel information Japan has taken its reputation for hygiene up [...] » More

Japan MOF to reduce issuance of most JGB maturities in 2017/18

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Japan plans to trim the issuance of Japanese government bonds of up to 20 years to maturity during the fiscal year starting April 1 in reaction to soft demand for negative- [...] » More

Japan pays funds for UNESCO after halt over Nanjing row with China

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

Japan has paid its annual contribution for UNESCO after withholding the funds over the UN heritage body’s decision to include documents on the 1937 Nanjing Massacre, [...] » More

Japan axes its ‘fast’ nuclear reactor prototype

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Engadget | 6:00 AM

Japan’s Monju reactor was supposed to be a more efficient alternative to conventional nuclear power. The “fast,” sodium-cooled prototype plant would produce [...] » More

Japan to Increase Military Spending for Fifth Year in a Row

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | WSJ | 6:00 AM

‘Security environment surrounding Japan is becoming ever more severe,’ defense minister says Japan’s cabinet on Thursday approved an increase in military [...] » More

Japan: Shinzo Abe cabinet approves biggest defence budget amid tensions with N Korea and China

23-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Firstpost | 6:00 AM

Prime minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet on Thursday approved Japan’s biggest annual defence budget in the face of North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats and [...] » More