Archive for May 19th, 2020

Coronavirus: China asks foreign diplomats to stay away until June 1

19-May-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM

Foreign embassies in China have been advised to postpone the return of diplomats and personnel rotation for a further two weeks until June 1 to reduce the risk of importing [...] » More

Alibaba’s Jack Ma resigns from SoftBank board

19-May-2020 Intellasia | Finance | 6:02 AM

SoftBank Group Corp said on Monday that Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma will resign from its board, in the latest departure by a high-profile ally of CEO Masayoshi Son. The [...] » More

Japan slides into recessionwith forecasts of worse to come

Japan slides into recessionwith forecasts of worse to come

19-May-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM

Japan dived into its first recession since 2015, according to official data Monday, with the world’s third-largest economy shrinking by 0.9 percent in the first quarter [...] » More

Tropical Rainstorm Vongfong turns toward southern Japan

Tropical Rainstorm Vongfong turns toward southern Japan

19-May-2020 Intellasia | ACCUWeather | 6:02 AM

After forging a path of destruction across the Philippines late last week, Tropical Rainstorm Vongfong will target southern Japan through the early week. Vongfong, known as [...] » More

SoftBank Group reports $8.9 billion annual net loss

19-May-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM

Struggling Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group on Monday reported an $8.9 billion annual net loss, as the coronavirus pandemic compounded woes caused by its investment in [...] » More

Airlines in Japan convert passenger planes to cargo-only carriers amid coronavirus crisis

19-May-2020 Intellasia | Mainichi | 6:02 AM

Airlines in Japan are trying to survive the current coronavirus crisis by finding an alternative use of deserted passenger planes through the transportation of cargo. Planes [...] » More

SoftBank in talks to sell down T-Mobile US stake to Deutsche Telekom: WSJ

19-May-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM

SoftBank Group Corp is in talks to sell “a significant portion” of its T-Mobile US stake to controlling shareholder Deutsche Telekom AG, the Wall Street Journal [...] » More

Two Young Japanese Governors Rise to Prominence in COVID-19 Crisis

19-May-2020 Intellasia | Nippon | 6:02 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has focused the nation’s attention on the prefectural governors in charge of spearheading the local response to the crisis. In particular, the [...] » More

Mt Fuji to be closed in summer due to pandemic

19-May-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM

Japan’s beloved Mount Fuji will be closed during this year’s summer climbing season to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, officials said Monday. Shizuoka [...] » More

Hard pandemic times raise sex sales in Japan

19-May-2020 Intellasia | AsiaTimes | 6:02 AM

The Covid-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc across businesses worldwide, but in Japan players in one overlooked industry may be emerging as surprise winners. Condoms makers are [...] » More

SoftBank Group reports record losses as Ma quits board

19-May-2020 Intellasia | AFP | 6:02 AM

Struggling Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group on Monday reported record losses, as the coronavirus pandemic compounded woes caused by its investment in troubled [...] » More

Japan’s economy to slump significantly due to pandemic: economy minister

19-May-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM

Japan’s economy is expected to slump significantly due to sluggish overseas demand blamed on the coronavirus pandemic, Economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on [...] » More

Climbing season at Mount Fuji cancelled due to coronavirus

19-May-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM

The climbing season for Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest peak, is cancelled for this year, after local officials announced on Monday that the mountain trails leading up to [...] » More

Visitors return to recreation spots in Japan after virus emergency partially lifted

19-May-2020 Intellasia | Mainichi | 6:02 AM

Visitors were seen returning to popular resort locations in some parts of Japan on May 17, the first Sunday since the state of emergency declared over the novel coronavirus [...] » More

Cabin crew trainees help Japan city compile cash handout paperwork

19-May-2020 Intellasia | Mainichi | 6:02 AM

A group of flight attendant trainees on Monday started helping a city compile the paperwork for the government’s cash handout after the coronavirus outbreak caused [...] » More