Archive for January, 2021

No Plan B: Japan’s sponsors shelve ads as mood sours over Olympics

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:48 AM

Japan’s Olympic sponsors are scaling back advertising campaigns and delaying marketing events for this year’s Summer Games, concerned that public sentiment toward [...] » More

Toyota overtakes Volkswagen as world’s biggest automaker

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | CNN | 6:48 AM

Toyota is back on top. The Japanese company has reclaimed its place as the world’s best-selling automaker, with its latest results showing an edge over Volkswagen Group [...] » More

Trading curbs by Robinhood reverse GameStop rally, angering upstart traders

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | JapanTimes | 6:48 AM

A day after shares of US retailer GameStop rose 135 percent a wild upswing spurred by an online army of investors on a mission to challenge the dominance of Wall Street [...] » More

Japan’s 2020 wine imports down 7pct amid pandemic, but up 4pct from Chile

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | KyodoNews | 6:48 AM

Japan’s wine imports in 2020 decreased 7.0 percent from the previous year on a volume basis, as stay-at-home requests amid the novel coronavirus pandemic dampened [...] » More

Japan’s old politicians struggle to convince young people to stay home

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | JapanTimes | 6:48 AM

The world’s most rapidly aging society has long struggled to talk to its youth. That’s a disconnect that’s turning deadly in the pandemic. The difficulty in [...] » More

‘Japan’s Marine Corps’: The nation’s first responders for remote island defense

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | JapanTimes | 6:48 AM

A Self-Defense Forces unit dubbed “Japan’s Marine Corps” made headlines this week when details were revealed of an alleged secret 2015 pact with the US over [...] » More

Japan December household spending seen down on rising COVID-19 cases: Reuters poll

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:48 AM

Japanese household spending likely fell in December from a year earlier, a Reuters poll showed on Friday, the first such fall in three months and a worrying sign that a [...] » More

Japan Post to release new 1 yen stamp design for 1st time in 70 yrs

Japan Post to release new 1 yen stamp design for 1st time in 70 yrs

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | KyodoNews | 6:48 AM

Japan Post Co. said Thursday it will release limited edition 1 yen ($0.01) stamps in April to commemorate 150 years since it began operations, marking the first time in [...] » More

Olympics: Oysters making costly waves at Tokyo Bay rowing venue

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | KyodoNews | 6:48 AM

he Tokyo Olympic rowing and canoeing venue has already faced well-publicised issues related to the summer heat and poor water quality, but, according to officials, an oyster [...] » More

AstraZeneca to seek Japan’s approval of COVID-19 vaccine as early as mid-Feb-Yomiuri

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:48 AM

AstraZeneca Plc will file for Japanese approval of its COVID-19 vaccine as early as mid-February, the Yomiuri newspaper reported, making it the second vaccine maker to seek [...] » More

US judge allows extradition of two men accused of aiding Ghosn escape

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:48 AM

A US judge on Thursday rejected a last-ditch effort by two men to avoid being extradited to Japan to face charges they helped former Nissan Motor Co Ltd Chair Carlos Ghosn [...] » More

EU reinstates travel ban from Japan amid surge of COVID-19 cases

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | JapanTimes | 6:48 AM

The European Union said Thursday it had decided to reinstate a travel ban from Japan as the country struggles to cope with a surge of novel coronavirus cases, having declared [...] » More

FOCUS: Japan taking cautious approach to COVID-19 vaccination rollout

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | KyodoNews | 6:48 AM

Painstaking preparation is in progress in Japan ahead of the planned rollout of coronavirus vaccinations by late February, with authorities holding a test run at a local [...] » More

Woman in Japan disciplined after putting up partition between herself and older male coworker

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | SoraNews24 | 6:48 AM

City hall worker denies man’s physical handicap was part of her motivation. One unique aspect of Japanese work culture is the lack of cubicles or private offices. [...] » More

More than 113,000 people in Singapore receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine: MOH

30-Jan-2021 Intellasia | CNA | 6:48 AM

More than 113,000 people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in an update on Thursday (January 28). More than 50 have also [...] » More