What is required to travel to Hong Kong? Many, many tests

Travelers headed to Hong Kong no longer need to quarantine in a hotel upon arrival. But they will have to submit to a barrage of Covid tests. They can go to work, take public transportation and go to supermarkets, but for the first three days, travelers can’t go into “high-risk premises” such as restaurants, bars […]

The church linked to Abe’s killing, Japan’s political turmoil | Politics News

Shinzo Abe was not his assassin’s preferred target. Investigators say Tetsuya Yamagami, who fatally shot Japan’s longest-serving prime minister on July 8, had initially wanted to kill the leader of the Unification Church — a South-Korean religious sect that the 41-year-old blames for his family’s financial ruin. But the COVID-19 pandemic got in the way. […]

N Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of US-S Korea drills | Military News

Japan condemns ‘unprecedented pace’ of North Korean missile launches, lodges official protest through Beijing embassy. North Korea has fired a ballistic missile towards its eastern seas, ahead of planned military drills by the United States and South Korea. The South’s military said Sunday’s weapon test involved a single, short-range ballistic missile fired from near the […]

Japan’s Kishida says ready to act to prop up plummeting yen | Business and Economy

Japanese prime minister’s comments come after Tokyo buys yen to support the currency for the first time since 1998.  Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has warned excessive movement in the yen due to speculation cannot be overlooked and promised to act “with a high level of vigilance” and intervene to support the currency again if […]

Semiconductor alliances between U.S. and Asia could hold back China

Leading chipmaking nations including the U.S. are forming alliances, in part to secure their semiconductor supply chain and to stop China from reaching the cutting-edge of the industry, analysts told CNBC. Places including the United States, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, which have strong semiconductor industries, have looked to forge partnerships around the critical technology. “The immediate reason […]

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ‘tramples’ UN charter: Japan PM | United Nations News

Fumio Kishida steps up calls for reform of UN system after failure of Security Council to respond to Russian attack. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has voiced disappointment over the failure of the United Nations Security Council to respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, calling for reforms that would allow the UN to better defend […]

The Potential for Japan-South Korea-US Trilateral Cooperation Through IPEF – The Diplomat

Pacific Money | Economy | East Asia Both Seoul and Tokyo are part of the U.S.-lead economic initiative. Can it help break the ice between the two? U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken meets with Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Park Jin in Bali, Indonesia, on July 8, 2022. Credit: State Department […]

Japan to push for Africa seat on the UN Security Council | United Nations News

A ‘moment of truth’ for the UN, says Japanese PM Fumio Kishida, as he urges reform at the world body to address ‘historical injustice against Africa’. Japan will push for an African seat at the United Nations by using its place on the world body’s Security Council. “Japan reiterates its determination to redress the historical […]

Sony raises price of PlayStation 5 console due to soaring inflation

In this photo illustration a PlayStation 5 logo seen displayed on a smartphone. Mateusz Slodkowski | SOPA Images | LightRocket via Getty Images Sony on Thursday raised the recommended retail price of its PlayStation 5 games console in several international markets citing the global economic environment, including high inflation. The Japanese gaming giant said that […]

The Japan-US Alliance Embraces the Economic – The Diplomat

Tokyo Report | Economy | East Asia The advent of the new Economic 2+2 shows how closely economic issues are intertwined with security concerns. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo co-host the inaugural ministerial meeting of the U.S.-Japan Economic Policy Consultative Committee with Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and Japanese Minister of Economy, […]

Photos: Famed Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake dies aged 84 | In Pictures News

Issey Miyake, who built one of Japan’s biggest fashion brands and was known for his boldly sculpted, signature pleated pieces, has died. He was 84. Miyake died on August 5, 2022, of cancer, Japanese media reports said on Tuesday. Miyake defined an era in Japan’s modern history, reaching stardom in the 1970s among a generation […]

Is Japan open to travelers? It’s where Singaporeans want to travel

Some 49% of Singaporeans say they are considering Japan for their next vacation abroad, according to the market research firm YouGov. Interest may be even higher among young citizens. Some 68% of Singaporeans aged 16 to 24 years old indicated they are considering Japan for their “next vacation,” compared to 37% of those aged 55 […]

Japan’s households raise spending for first time in 4 months | Business and Economy

Spending jumps 3.5 percent in June amid rebound in domestic travel. Japan’s households increased spending for the first time in four months in June, as demand for travel services rose in a positive sign for broader economic recovery prospects. Spending jumped 3.5 percent in June from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday, posting […]

Tackling Japan’s Inflation Shock – The Diplomat

Tokyo Report | Economy | East Asia Rising global energy prices are intensifying cost of living pressures and thwarting Japan’s post-COVID economic recovery.  Advertisement After decades of mild but persistent deflation, Japan finally reached its 2 percent inflation goal in April – largely due to the global surge in energy prices and an unprecedentedly weak yen against the dollar. […]

What’s on the Agenda at the Japan-US ‘Economic 2+2’? – The Diplomat

Tokyo Report | Economy | East Asia The new forum, which expands the allies’ strategic coordination on economic issues, will have its first high-level meeting this week. Advertisement U.S. and Japanese government leaders will meet on July 29 in Washington, D.C., for the highest level version of a new bilateral policy coordination forum dubbed the Economic Policy Consultative Committee […]

Japan executes man over 2008 stabbing rampage | Death Penalty News

Tomohiro Kato was convicted of killing seven people in an attack on Tokyo’s popular Akihabara district. Japan has executed a man convicted of killing seven people in a stabbing rampage in Tokyo’s popular Akihabara electronics district in 2008. Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa said Tomohiro Kato had undertaken “meticulous preparation” for the attack and had shown […]

Japan PM lacks political capital to revise post-war constitution: Analyst

Voters cast a ballot at a polling location in the Minato District of Tokyo, Japan, on Sunday, July 10, 2022. Toru Hanai| Bloomberg | Getty Images Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida doesn’t appear to have the “political capital” to revise the country’s historic post-war constitution despite securing a decisive win in the latest upper house […]

Homemade guns are seized in a raid on Abe shooting suspect’s home, police say

Police investigators arrive at the residence of the suspect who was believed to have shot former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Nara, Japan July 8, 2022 in this photo taken by Kyodo. Kyodo | via Reuters TOKYO — Police on Friday raided the home of the man suspected of using an improvised firearm to assassinate […]

RBA rate decision, services PMI, currencies, oil

SINGAPORE — Shares in the Asia-Pacific opened higher as investors look ahead to the Reserve Bank of Australia’s rate decision. The Nikkei 225 in Japan gained 0.92%, while the Topix index rose 0.59%. South Korea’s Kospi increased 0.52%, and the Kosdaq advanced 0.94%. In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 was mildly higher. The Reserve Bank of […]

Toyota issues recall for electric SUV following concerns about wheels

Toyota’s bZ4X electric sport utility vehicle photographed in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, on Feb. 24, 2022. The Japanese automotive giant has issued a safety recall related to the bZ4X’s wheels. Kiyoshi Ota | Bloomberg | Getty Images Japanese automotive giant Toyota issued a safety recall for more than 2,000 of its all-electric SUV, the bZ4X. Announced […]

‘Anti-China’: The Quad launches maritime surveillance plan | News

Pledging to provide “tangible benefits” for nations in the Indo-Pacific region, the leaders of the Quad have launched a maritime surveillance plan that analysts say is its most significant move so far to counter China. The Quad – an informal alliance made up of Japan, the United States, India and Australia – says the Indo-Pacific […]

Is Japan Beginning to Overtake China on Infrastructure Financing in Kenya? – The Diplomat

Advertisement Recent media reports on Kenya’s infrastructure financing trends have suggested that Japan has overtaken China in the “loans race.” Factually, this is correct. For instance, according to The East African, fresh financial commitments from China to Kenya’s development projects fell nearly four-fold in seven years, placing China behind Japan as top bilateral lender to […]

US, Japan and South Korea focus on semiconductors as Biden visits Asia

TOKYO — As U.S. President Joe Biden visits Japan and South Korea, the three countries are looking for common ground on the world stage. One place they’re finding it is semiconductors. A first stop for Biden on his first swing through Asia as president was a Samsung factory in South Korea. “These little chips, only […]

Japan’s Q1 GDP shrinks as Ukraine, cost of living cloud outlook | Business and Economy

World’s No 3 economy shrinks at an annualised rate of 1 percent in January-March from the previous quarter. Japan’s economy shrank for the first time in two quarters in the initial three months of the year as COVID-19 curbs hit the service sector, and the Ukraine war and surging commodity prices created new headaches for […]

Japan’s Food Self-Sufficiency Debate Overlooks the Core Problem – The Diplomat

Advertisement In fiscal year 2020, Japan’s calorie-based food self-sufficiency rate matched the record low of 37 percent. The same year, Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate was 67 percent on a production value basis. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) has long argued that Japan should produce more food by itself. However, is this concept […]

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