As pandemic takes toll on conference bookings, Aichi company launches remote interpretation services

Business / Corporate | Regional voices: Chubu Apr 10, 2020

As pandemic takes toll on conference bookings, Aichi company launches remote interpretation services

As the business environment continues to be affected by the spread of COVID-19, an industrial painting firm based in Anjo, Aichi Prefecture, has begun offering Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation services remotely using teleconference systems. With more companies canceling international conferences and seminars due to the pandemic, ...

Virus gives embattled Thai premier chance to consolidate power

Asia Pacific / Politics Apr 10, 2020

Virus gives embattled Thai premier chance to consolidate power

Thailand’s coup-chief-turned-premier Prayut Chan-ocha has regained sweeping emergency powers to fight the coronavirus outbreak, pinning his political fate to the response he crafts as discontent grows. This week he confirmed a $58 billion stimulus package to mitigate the economic fallout, after earlier efforts were described ...

Boris Johnson kept working, but the coronavirus took over

World Apr 10, 2020

Boris Johnson kept working, but the coronavirus took over

Boris Johnson was on his own. He had been self-isolating for a week since testing positive for coronavirus. His domestic staff left trays of food outside his apartment door. Typically, the 55-year-old was bullish about life, even though the disease was at that moment working ...

U.N. chief Antonio Guterres warns COVID-19 threatens global peace and security

World Apr 10, 2020

U.N. chief Antonio Guterres warns COVID-19 threatens global peace and security

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that the coronavirus pandemic is threatening international peace and security — "potentially leading to an increase in social unrest and violence that would greatly undermine our ability to fight the disease.” The U.N.’s most powerful ...

Virus-hit Wuhan cautiously revives amid thicket of controls

Asia Pacific Apr 10, 2020

Virus-hit Wuhan cautiously revives amid thicket of controls

Released from their apartments after a 2½ month quarantine, residents of the city where the coronavirus pandemic began are cautiously returning to shopping and strolling in the streets. But they say they still go out little and keep their children home while waiting for ...

U.K.'s Johnson leaves intensive care but remains under observation

World Apr 10, 2020

U.K.'s Johnson leaves intensive care but remains under observation

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson left intensive care on Thursday evening as he continues to recover from COVID-19, but he remains under close observation in hospital, his office said on Thursday. Johnson, 55, was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital on Sunday evening with a persistent ...