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Japan FTC warns of possible illegal points programs

Business Jun 13, 2020

Japan FTC warns of possible illegal points programs

The Fair Trade Commission has said some actions taken by loyalty point program operators may constitute antitrust law violations. In some cases, program operators disadvantaged participating stores that sought to adopt other point programs, the FTC said, announcing the results of its first-ever survey on ...

Only 10% of firms in Japan have addressed LGBT issues, survey finds

National Jun 13, 2020

Only 10% of firms in Japan have addressed LGBT issues, survey finds

Just over 10 percent of companies in Japan have policies aimed at protecting the rights of sexual minorities, a recent government survey revealed, reflecting the nation's lack of progress in addressing workplace inequality. The first survey of its kind conducted by the Health, Labor and ...

Asia Pacific / Crime & Legal Jun 13, 2020

China sentences Australian to death for drug trafficking

An Australian national has been sentenced to death by a Chinese court for drug trafficking, a verdict that could further inflame tensions between Beijing and Canberra. Already troubled relations worsened recently after China reacted furiously to Australia's call for an independent probe into the origins ...

Trump increasingly alone in provocative racial rhetoric

World / Politics | FOCUS Jun 13, 2020

Trump increasingly alone in provocative racial rhetoric

U.S. President Donald Trump is resisting a new rush to address police brutality and tear down Confederate symbols even as polls show most Americans believe changes are needed and many corporations — even NASCAR, with its conservative fan base — embrace a more proactive ...

Trump aims to sidestep another arms pact to sell more U.S. drones

World Jun 13, 2020

Trump aims to sidestep another arms pact to sell more U.S. drones

The Trump administration plans to reinterpret a Cold War-era arms agreement between 34 nations with the goal of allowing U.S. defense contractors to sell more American-made drones to a wide array of nations, three defense industry executives and a U.S. official told Reuters. The policy ...

U.S. passport services resume as State Department warns of backlog

World Jun 13, 2020

U.S. passport services resume as State Department warns of backlog

The State Department is restarting passport services for American citizens as the Trump administration seeks to reopen the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, but new applicants will have to wait at least eight weeks to get a document, an official said. Department staff who aren’t ...