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Taiwan bans official use of Zoom over cybersecurity concerns

Asia Pacific Apr 8, 2020

Taiwan bans official use of Zoom over cybersecurity concerns

Taiwan barred all official use of Zoom, becoming one of the first governments to impose an outright ban on the popular video-conferencing app over mounting security concerns. Agencies should avoid using services such as Zoom as they may have security flaws, the island’s cabinet said ...

Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea buck global lockdown trend

Asia Pacific Apr 8, 2020

Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea buck global lockdown trend

As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis. At first glance, Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the ...

Japan's current account surplus grows as coronavirus hits imports

Business Apr 8, 2020

Japan's current account surplus grows as coronavirus hits imports

Japan saw its biggest current account surplus in nearly two years in February as goods imports plummeted due to coronavirus-related factory closures in China, government data showed Wednesday. The current account was ¥3.17 trillion ($29 billion) in the black, the third-largest figure on record and ...

Rakuten begins low-cost mobile phone service in Japan

Business Apr 8, 2020

Rakuten begins low-cost mobile phone service in Japan

Rakuten Inc.'s mobile phone unit on Wednesday launched its full-scale mobile phone service with drastically reduced charges in Japan, fueling speculation that the new operator would intensify the price battle with its bigger rivals. Rakuten Mobile Inc. introduced the single fee plan that charges ¥2,980 ...

How to be alone but not lonely in a distant coronavirus world

National / Social Issues Apr 8, 2020

How to be alone but not lonely in a distant coronavirus world

Coronavirus anxiety is real. With restrictions tied to the coronavirus outbreak leaving millions confined to their homes, even those who call themselves introverts are feeling the effects of quarantine on the body and mind. Does someone feeling edgy, constantly or obsessively checking news updates, losing sleep, ...

WeWork sues SoftBank for dropping $3 billion tender offer

Business / Corporate Apr 8, 2020

WeWork sues SoftBank for dropping $3 billion tender offer

A WeWork board committee that negotiated a $3 billion (¥326.4 billion) tender offer with SoftBank Group sued the conglomerate Tuesday for abandoning the deal, accusing it of succumbing to "buyer's remorse" amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. The tender offer was part of a $9.6 billion ...

Corporate Japan backs coronavirus emergency declaration

Business / Corporate Apr 8, 2020

Corporate Japan backs coronavirus emergency declaration

The Japanese business world is in full support behind Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's declaration of a state of emergency over the new coronavirus outbreak. "The government has made a big decision, and we take it seriously," Hiroaki Nakanishi, chairman of the Japan Business Federation, or ...

Osaka Evessa announce three more infected players

B. League Apr 8, 2020

Osaka Evessa announce three more infected players

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Osaka Evessa announced Tuesday that three more of their players have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of infected players and team officials to eight. The Evessa became the first B. League club to suffer infections by the coronavirus on April 2 ...