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Japanese factory output drops again even as emergency ends

Business / Economy Jun 30, 2020

Japanese factory output drops again even as emergency ends

Japan’s industrial production dropped again in May even as a nationwide state of emergency was lifted, showing the severity of the pandemic’s impact on the export-reliant manufacturing sector. Factory output fell 8.4 percent from April, the economy ministry reported Tuesday. Production slid from the prior ...

U.S. warns Hitachi not to sell U.K. nuclear project to China

Business Jun 30, 2020

U.S. warns Hitachi not to sell U.K. nuclear project to China

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has warned Hitachi Ltd. not to sell its nuclear power project in Britain to China due to security concerns, The Sunday Times has reported. China General Nuclear Power Corp., the country's largest state-owned nuclear power company, is keen ...

Japan points program to mitigate consumption fall ends Tuesday

Business Jun 30, 2020

Japan points program to mitigate consumption fall ends Tuesday

The government's shopping point reward program for promoting cashless payments, which appears to have had only a limited impact on consumption, is ending Tuesday. The program was introduced last year to mitigate the impact on spending of the October consumption tax hike from 8 percent ...

In hot spot U.S. states, virus testing means long lines and delays

World Jun 30, 2020

In hot spot U.S. states, virus testing means long lines and delays

The U.S. is again grappling with a shortfall of testing that has hobbled the nation since the pandemic’s early weeks, and now threatens to further undermine containment efforts at a crucial moment. In new hot spots like Arizona, Texas and Florida, where COVID-19 is rapidly ...

U.S. starts paring back Hong Kong's special status due to security law

Asia Pacific Jun 30, 2020

U.S. starts paring back Hong Kong's special status due to security law

The United States began eliminating Hong Kong's special status under U.S. law on Monday, halting defense exports and restricting the territory's access to high technology products as China prepares new Hong Kong security legislation. The Commerce Department said it was suspending "preferential treatment to Hong ...

Rikako Ikee tapped to give speech at Olympic countdown event

Olympics Jun 30, 2020

Rikako Ikee tapped to give speech at Olympic countdown event

Rikako Ikee, the Japanese swimming star who has her sights set on the 2024 Paris Games despite her ongoing battle with leukemia, will feature in a one-year Tokyo Olympic countdown event, a source familiar with the plan said Tuesday. The 19-year-old is expected to address ...

Sam Whitelock, Damien de Allende headline exodus from Panasonic

Rugby Jun 30, 2020

Sam Whitelock, Damien de Allende headline exodus from Panasonic

The Panasonic Wild Knights officially bid farewell Monday to veteran New Zealand lock Sam Whitelock and South African center Damien de Allende as part of an exodus of overseas players from the Japan Rugby Top League club. Whitelock, a World Cup winner in 2011 and ...