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Osaka <i>izakaya</i> woos virus-wary drinkers with face shields

National May 26, 2020

Osaka izakaya woos virus-wary drinkers with face shields

A Japanese-style izakaya pub in Osaka has started distributing free face shields for use by its customers, in the hope of regaining drinkers after the state of emergency, over the novel coronavirus, was lifted last week. The izakaya offering hot-pot dishes in Chuo Ward, Osaka, ...

Hotels offer free stays for foreign nationals stranded in Japan

National May 26, 2020

Hotels offer free stays for foreign nationals stranded in Japan

Some hotels and a university are offering free accommodation to foreign nationals who are stranded in Japan because their home countries have closed borders due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. The Kaname Inn Tatemachi, a hotel in the popular tourist spot of ...

Macao gambling king Stanley Ho dies aged 98

Asia Pacific May 26, 2020

Macao gambling king Stanley Ho dies aged 98

Macao gambling king Stanley Ho, who built a business empire from scratch in the former Portuguese colony and became one of Asia's richest men, died on Tuesday at the age of 98, state broadcaster China Central Television reported. The flamboyant tycoon, who loved to dance ...

Business May 26, 2020

Japan still world's top creditor at end of 2019

Japan remained the world's largest creditor at the end of 2019, with the net balance of external assets held by its government, companies and individual investors hitting a record ¥364.53 trillion ($3.40 trillion), the Finance Ministry said Tuesday. The figure, up 6.8 percent from a ...

Australian media to be tried for contempt over Pell reporting

Asia Pacific May 26, 2020

Australian media to be tried for contempt over Pell reporting

Dozens of Australian journalists and news organizations will go on trial in November for allegedly violating a gag order barring coverage of Cardinal George Pell's sex crimes case, a judge said Tuesday. Rupert Murdoch's Nationwide News and the former Fairfax group, now owned by broadcaster ...

In virus rescue, German government to climb aboard at Lufthansa

Business / Corporate May 26, 2020

In virus rescue, German government to climb aboard at Lufthansa

Berlin will climb aboard airline giant Lufthansa as its largest shareholder in a €9 billion ($9.8 billion) rescue if investors and competition authorities agree, as the coronavirus-stricken carrier faces an arduous yearslong recovery from the pandemic. Following the broad strokes of a plan dangled last ...

WHO warns of 'second peak' in areas where coronavirus declining

World May 26, 2020

WHO warns of 'second peak' in areas where coronavirus declining

Countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an "immediate second peak" if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization said on Monday. The world is still in the middle of the first wave of the ...