News Headlines - 09 September 2020

Bob Woodward's New Book Says Trump Admitted Minimizing Coronavirus - The New York Times

President Trump acknowledged to the journalist Bob Woodward that he knowingly played down the coronavirus earlier this year even though he was aware it was life-threatening and vastly more serious than the seasonal flu.
“This is deadly stuff,” Mr. Trump said on Feb. 7 in one of 18 interviews with Mr. Woodward for his coming book, “Rage.”

Saudi Arabia jails eight over Khashoggi murder, fiancee decries trial | Reuters

A Saudi Arabian court on Monday jailed eight people for between seven and 20 years for the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, state media reported, four months after his family forgave his killers and enabled death sentences to be set aside... State media reported that five people were handed 20-year prison sentences, one person was sentenced to 10 years and two people received seven-year sentences for the killing.
None of the defendants was named.

South African economy contracts 51% q/q in Q2 | Reuters

South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 51.0% quarter on quarter in the second quarter of 2020, the fourth contraction in a row, data from the statistics agency showed on Tuesday.
GDP shrank 17.1% year on year in the three months to the end of June, reflecting the impact of the country’s tough lockdown to contain the coronavirus.

Olympics sponsors in limbo as year-end contract expiration looms: sources | Reuters

Tokyo 2020 Olympics organisers have not extended sponsors' contracts set to expire at the end of the year, sources said, leaving some questioning whether to continue after COVID-19 forced a delay of the world's largest sporting event.
Postponing the Games for a year has created additional costs for sponsors, including fees to extend contracts, and some wonder whether it's worth doing so, three of the sources said, declining to be identified because the information is not public.
At the same time, sponsors fear damaging their image by abandoning a politically important national project.

Kazuyoshi Miura: A professional footballer at 53 - how he does it - BBC News

The second round of the Japanese League Cup is not normally international news. But when top-division side Yokohama FC played Sagan Tosu last month, it made headlines around the world. Why?
Because the Yokohama captain, Kazuyoshi Miura, was 53 years old.
Miura's never-ending career fascinates football fans around the world. His contract extensions are reported by the BBC and CNN. He holds the Guinness record for “world’s oldest goalscorer”.


拘束中のベラルーシ野党指導者、国外追放逃れる 旅券破り捨て | Reuters


バルト3国「原発電力買わない」 ベラルーシ大統領選巡り:中日新聞Web


英首相、対EU交渉「10月が期限」 決裂なら「FTAなし」 :日本経済新聞


「あつ森」石破陣営が利用断念 米で活用も規約に差 : 日刊スポーツ

石破氏の陣営は6日夜、世界的な人気ゲームソフト「あつまれ どうぶつの森」(あつ森)を選挙活動に利用することを、いったん中止すると発表した。……「あつ森」は米大統領選で民主党のバイデン候補が活用して話題だが、陣営の平将明衆院議員は「日米で利用規約が異なるため、任天堂サイドと交渉している」と明かした。

25年後に明かされた秘密。Windows 95には開発者たちの名前を見る裏技があった | ギズモード・ジャパン

今年で45周年を迎えたMicrosoftマイクロソフト)。それをきっかけに、今更ながらWindows 95に仕込まれたイースター・エッグが紹介されました。……この方法を紹介したのは、実際このOSの開発に関わった元社員ジェフ・パーソンズ氏。なんと、Windows 95のロゴ画面を作った方なんですって。

News Headlines - 08 September 2020

India becomes country with second highest number of Covid cases | The Guardian

India has surpassed Brazil to become the country with the second highest number of coronavirus cases, as the virus continues to spread through the country of 1.3 billion at the fastest rate of anywhere in the world.
India recorded more than 90,000 cases overnight, bringing the number of infections in the country past 4.2 million and overtaking Brazil, which with 4.1 million cases had been the second worst-affected country for several months.
India now only lags behind the United States, which has had 6.2 million cases so far... The death toll stands at 71,000, equating to 50 deaths per million, which is relatively low compared with the US and Brazil but is still rising at around 1,000 aday.

Coronavirus in South Africa: Scientists explore surprise theory for low death rate - BBC News

Infection and death rates in many African countries have turned out to be much lower than initially feared. As the number of infections dips sharply in South Africa, experts there are exploring a startling hypothesis, as our Africa correspondent Andrew Harding reports from Johannesburg.

Hong Kong police arrest 289 at protests over election delay : The Asahi Shimbun

About 290 people were arrested Sunday at protests against the government’s decision to postpone elections for Hong Kong’s legislature, police said.
The elections were to have taken place Sunday but Chief Executive Carrie Lam on July 31 postponed them for one year. Lam blamed an upsurge in coronavirus cases, but critics said her government worried the opposition would gain seats if voting went ahead on schedule.
Police said that 289 people had been arrested, mostly for unlawful assembly.

Jessica Krug: George Washington University professor says she lied about being black - BBC News

A US academic whose work focuses on Africa and the African diaspora has said she lied about being black.
Jessica Krug, an associate professor at George Washington University (GWU), admitted that she was in fact a white Jewish woman from Kansas City... Ms Dolezal first made headlines in 2015 when her parents outed her as white.

House expected to vote on marijuana decriminalization bill in September

Congress is expected to vote on a bill this month that would federally decriminalize marijuana.
The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, known as the MORE Act, would remove marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act.
The bill, sponsored by New York Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler, also eliminates criminal penalties for anyone who manufactures, distributes or possesses marijuana.


トランプ大統領、戦死兵に「負け犬、間抜け」 米誌報道:朝日新聞デジタル

米誌アトランティックは3日、トランプ米大統領が2018年11月にパリ近郊にある米軍兵士の墓地を訪れる当日の朝、「なぜ私が墓地に行かないといけないのか? 大勢の負け犬が埋まっている場所だ」と述べ、訪問中止を決めていたと報じた。……同誌が複数の関係者の話として伝えた。墓地は第1次世界大戦で戦死した米海兵隊員のもの。トランプ氏は戦死した1800人超の海兵隊員を「間抜けども」とも呼んだという。トランプ氏は訪問中止を「雨でヘリコプターが飛行できなかった」と説明していたが、実際は雨で髪形が乱れるのを嫌がったためという。

受精卵のゲノム編集「当面禁止を」 国際委員会が勧告:朝日新聞デジタル


英プレミアリーグ、中国企業との放送権契約を打ち切り 滞納受け - BBCニュース


メッシ、一転バルサ残留 法廷闘争望まず スペイン・サッカー:時事ドットコム


コロナにかかわらず来夏開催 東京五輪でIOCコーツ氏:時事ドットコム


News Headlines - 07 September 2020

Cabinet support rate surges as Abe heads for the exit | The Japan Times

Support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet soared after he announced his resignation and his right-hand man Yoshihide Suga emerged last week as the most likely candidate to replace him, according to two polls published Monday.
Cabinet support rose 27 percentage points to 62.4 percent in a survey carried out by news network JNN, and by 15 percentage points to 52 percent in a poll by the Yomiuri Shimbun. The polls signal public support for Abe’s overall record-setting run as prime minister, and an acceptance of the handover to Suga, who is expected to take over in mid-September and continue Abe’s policies, including monetary easing.
While the popularity of Abe’s Cabinet had been sagging for months amid a series of scandals and criticism of its handling of the pandemic, 74 percent of the Yomiuri poll respondents said they had a positive overall view of his nearly eight-year tenure, while 24 percent said they saw it negatively.

Leadership race for Japan's new main opposition party starts | The Japan Times

As Japan looks ahead to the ruling party's presidential election, which will effectively pick the country's new prime minister, official campaigning kicked off Monday in the race to choose the leader of a soon-to-be-formed major opposition party.
Yukio Edano, 56, who heads the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, and Kenta Izumi, 46, who is the policy chief of the Democratic Party for the People, have filed their candidacies for the Thursday election for the president of the new party.

Nissan received record 130 bil. yen loan guaranteed by Japan gov't - The Mainichi

The Development Bank of Japan extended a record 130 billion yen ($1.2 billion) to Nissan Motor Co. in May with a guarantee that the government will repay most of it in case of a default by the struggling automaker, sources familiar with the matter said Monday.
The guarantee is part of the 180 billion yen loan that Nissan received from the state-affiliated financial institution to weather the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Under the arrangement, if the automaker defaults on the loan, the government will shoulder up to 80 percent, or about 100 billion yen, of the guaranteed portion, using taxpayers' money.

Indian Army seeks China’s response on abduction of 5 men from Arunachal Pradesh - India News

Taking cognizance of reports of the abduction of five people from Arunachal Pradesh, the Indian Army on Sunday took up the matter with its Chinese counterpart the People's Liberation Army (PLA). A hotline message was sent to the concerned PLA unit by the commander of the Indian Army unit deployed in the area.
The matter first came to light on Sunday when kin of the abducted people posted SOS messages on Facebook. In those messages, the kin alleged that the people went hunting in a forest in the Upper Subansiri district in Arunachal Pradesh along the India-China border when they were abducted from the Nacho area.
According to reports, two people who were part of the same group managed to escape and informed the police immediately. News agency PTI, while quoting a senior official, said that both the police and Army are aware of the situation.

Man blows up part of house while chasing fly - BBC News

A man has blown up part of his house in France while trying to swat a fly.
The man, who is in his 80s, was about to tuck into his dinner when he became irritated by a fly buzzing around him.
He picked up an electric racket designed to kill bugs and start swatting at it - but a gas canister was leaking in his Dordogne home.
A reaction between the racket and the gas caused an explosion, destroying the kitchen and partly damaging the roof of the home in Parcoul-Chenaud village.


日本の子ども、幸福感最低 ユニセフ38カ国調査  :日本経済新聞


米、ICC主任検察官らに制裁 ICC「重大な攻撃」と非難:AFPBB News

マイク・ポンペオ(Mike Pompeo)米国務長官は2日、アフガニスタンで米兵らが関与した疑いのある戦争犯罪について捜査している国際刑事裁判所ICC)の主任検察官らを制裁対象に指定した。これに対しICCは、法の支配に対する「重大な」攻撃だと非難した。
 制裁対象となったファトゥ・ベンスダ(Fatou Bensouda)主任検察官と司法管轄部門トップのファキソ・モチョチョコ(Phakiso Mochochoko)氏は、米国内の資産を凍結され、米国内の個人との取引を禁じられる。米国はこれに先立ち、ベンスダ氏らへのビザ発給を停止する措置を取ったが、ICCの捜査を阻止できなかった。

中国の核弾頭200発超 今後10年で倍増、米が見通し:朝日新聞デジタル


ロシア ドーピング認め解任の前トップ身の危険訴え


ジョコビッチ失格 中断時に打ったボールが線審喉に : 日刊スポーツ


News Headlines - 06 September 2020

Typhoon Haishen closes in as Japan braces for record wind and rain | The Japan Times

Powerful Typhoon Haishen roared toward southern Japan on Sunday, bringing violent winds and heavy rains, with officials warning it could be strong enough to snap power poles and flip vehicles.
Haishen, categorized as “large” and “extremely strong,” was expected to move through the Amami group of islands near Kyushu later in the afternoon.
Authorities had recommended evacuation and warned of potentially record rainfall, unprecedented wind, high tides and large ocean swells.

GM and Honda agree to partner up to save costs in North America

General Motors and Honda have a deal to share vehicle platforms and technology in North America starting next year.
On Thursday, the automakers said they signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding to establish a North American automotive alliance. The deal came together after extensive discussions.
The proposed alliance will include sharing a range of vehicles, to be sold under each company’s distinct brands, as well as cooperation in purchasing, research and development, and connected services.

Students in Inner Mongolia Protest Chinese Language Policy - The Diplomat

Ethnic Mongolians, including students and parents, in China’s Inner Mongolia region are demonstrating their anger in rare public protests against a new bilingual education policy that they say is endangering the Mongolian language.
A high school student in the city of Hulunbuir said students rushed out of their school on Tuesday and destroyed a fence before paramilitary police swarmed in and tried to return them to class.

Iran uranium stockpile ′10 times limit′ set in nuclear deal | DW

Iran continues to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal, but has started allowing access to sites where Tehran was suspected of having stored or used undeclared nuclear material, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Friday.
According to the UN atomic watchdog, Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium now stands at more than ten times the limit set down in the nuclear deal.
The limit was set at 300 kilograms (661 pounds) of enriched uranium in a particular compound form, which is the equivalent of 202.8 kg of uranium.

Amazon Bans Foreign Plant Sales to U.S. Amid Global Seed Mystery - WSJ Inc. is barring foreign sales of seeds into the U.S. after thousands of suspicious packets, many postmarked from China, arrived at households around the world this summer.
The move by Amazon comes as the mystery seeds led U.S. officials to raise alarms about the ease with which seed sales can occur on e-commerce sites, creating potential threats to U.S. agriculture.
Amazon informed foreign sellers that, effective Sept. 3, it would no longer allow the import of plant or seed products, according to an email viewed by The Wall Street Journal. The email said some overseas sellers would have their offers removed from Amazon the same day.


ルフトハンザ社長「非航空をリストラ」 金融や機内食  :日本経済新聞


楽天、米リフト経営に「見切り」 ライドシェア失速 :日本経済新聞


米裁判所 ゴーン容疑者逃亡関与の米国人2人日本へ引き渡す判断 | NHKニュース


東京五輪、開催経費は史上最大 英オックスフォード大の研究 | 共同通信


大坂なおみ、黒人被害者の名前入りマスクで人種差別に抗議 全米テニス決勝までの試合数に合わせ7枚用意:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


News Headlines - 05 September 2020

43 LDP Prefectural Chapters to Hold Primaries - JIJI PRESS

A total of 43 prefectural chapters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party will hold primary elections for the party's leadership race, Jiji Press learned Saturday.
The prefectural chapters will hold a poll of rank-and-file members to determine who the chapters should vote for in the LDP presidential election, set for Sept. 14. Prefectural chapters are allotted three votes each.

Nintendo is releasing a 35th anniversary Super Mario Bros. Game and Watch - The Verge

Nintendo is going back to the beginning with a modern version of its original Game & Watch handheld that’s been revamped with a full-color LCD. It can play Super Mario Bros. in honor of the franchise’s 35th anniversary. The new handled was announced during a surprise Nintendo Direct showcase.
In addition to Super Mario Bros., the handheld can also play Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels (released in Japan as Super Mario Bros. 2) and an updated version of Game & Watch: Ball that stars Mario (instead of Mr. Game & Watch).

Japanese murder suspect gives up life on run in South Africa due to pandemic | The Japan Times

A 46-year-old Japanese man wanted in connection with a murder in Tokyo 17 years ago has been arrested after giving up on his life on the run in South Africa due to the coronavirus, which left him without work or money, Japanese police said Friday.
So Kamiya presented himself on Aug. 21 at the Japanese Embassy in the country, where he had fled after the incident, saying he wished to return home, according to the police... Kamiya is suspected to have abducted 26-year-old Shinya Kogawa in September 2003 at a restaurant parking lot in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, and then confined him in a car in Tokyo and neighboring Yamanashi Prefecture.

16-Year-Old Girl Swims Across English Channel |

A 16-year-old girl from New Hampshire successfully swam across the English Channel this week, making her way from England to the shores of France in just over 14 hours.
Vera Rivard celebrated her impressive achievement on Instagram, joking that the very first thing she was doing after accomplishing the feat was taking a nap.

Brazil women footballers to receive equal pay | Sky Sports

Brazil have announced they will become one of the few nations to pay their women's and men's football teams equally.
Brazil's female players such as Marta will be paid the same as Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino... Brazil join Australia, Norway and New Zealand among the nations who pay their men and women the same amount.


7月、ユーロ圏の失業7・9% コロナ禍で悪化傾向継続:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


米国が「六つの保証」の内容公開で台湾を支持、外交部が感謝 : Taiwan Today

米国の駐中華民国大使館に相当する米国在台協会台北事務所(AIT/T)は8月31日、公式ウェブサイトに、米国政府による1982年の「八一七公報」(「八・一七」コミュニケ)及び「六項保証」(Six Assurances=六つの保証)に関する米国務省の機密文書(電報)を掲載、同時に「六項保証」が米国の対台湾政策の基本的要素であると重ねて言明し、米国は今後も台湾に武器を売り渡すことを強調した。……これは昨年8月30日、1982年にレーガン米大統領(当時)が署名した「八一七公報」に関する秘密覚書の内容が明らかにされたのに続き、さらに当時米国が台湾海峡両岸と交渉した状況を「復元」するもの。外交部は、米国はこれを公開することで、中国による「八一七公報」の誤った引用を認めないことを告げて、中国が台湾海峡問題を平和的に解決するとした約束を直視するよう呼びかけると共に、今後も台湾が防衛力を維持できるようサポートしていくことを表明したものだと評価した。

ポケモンGO開発のナイアンティックが団体設立 AR高度化へ通信大手連携 - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


北斎の未公開作、大量発見 大英博物館が来年にも展示:時事ドットコム


米ボストンに「オザワ・デー」 小澤征爾さんの功績たたえ制定


News Headlines - 04 September 2020

Biden and DNC raised combined $364.5 million in August for U.S. election - Reuters

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee said on Wednesday that they raised a combined $364.5 million in August, shattering the monthly record for fundraising by a presidential campaign.
The amount included more than $205 million from online, small-dollar donations, according to the campaign... The previous monthly record - $193 million - was set by former President Barack Obama in September 2008, according to U.S. media outlets.

Nikkei recovers pre-pandemic level - Japan Today

The Nikkei stock index ended at its highest level in six and a half months on Thursday, recovering to figures seen before the coronavirus pandemic hit the market, as worries further receded over an end to the current monetary policy after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's resignation.
The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended up 218.38 points, or 0.94 percent, from Wednesday at 23,465.53, its highest close since Feb 21. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 7.84 points, or 0.48 percent, higher at 1,631.24.

2nd referendum on Osaka metropolis plan set for November : The Asahi Shimbun

A second referendum on reorganizing Osaka city into a metropolis like Tokyo will be called for November, now that the city assembly has approved holding another plebiscite.
The Osaka city assembly on Sept. 3 voted to soon hold a referendum on a plan to officially dissolve the city and reform it into four special wards to streamline administration.
Campaigning for the referendum will start on Oct. 12, with voting and counting ballots scheduled on Nov. 1.

Prince Harry and Meghan Sign Megawatt Netflix Deal - The New York Times

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, having resettled in California, on Wednesday unveiled new Hollywood careers.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have founded a yet-to-be-named production company and signed a multiyear deal with Netflix, which will pay them to make documentaries, docu-series, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming - giving the couple a global platform six months after their dramatic decampment from the House of Windsor.
Harry and Meghan may appear on camera in documentary programming. But she has no plans to return to acting, according to a representative. She last appeared in the cable drama “Suits” in 2018.

Gary Lineker due to welcome refugee to live with him 'within weeks' | The Guardian

Gary Lineker has signed up to house a refugee in his Surrey mansion and is reportedly due to welcome his guest in a few weeks’ time.
The Match of the Day host made the arrangement through the charity Refugees at Home, and according to reports, he had been thinking about doing something along those lines for a while.
The former Everton and Tottenham Hotspur striker told the Daily Mirror: “My kids are all grown up so I’ve got plenty of room so if I can help on a temporary basis then I’m more than happy to do so. Why not?”


米政府債務、21会計年度にはGDP比100%超に拡大へ-議会予算局 - Bloomberg


FB、豪でのニュース共有禁止を警告 使用料義務付け法案に反発:AFPBB News


日豪印3カ国、供給網強化へ年内に連携策 - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


ウィリアムズ家、F1撤退を発表 一時代に幕:AFPBB News

フォーミュラワン(F1、F1世界選手権)の名門チーム、ウィリアムズ(Williams)は3日、今週末に行われる今季第8戦イタリアGP(Italian Grand Prix 2020)を最後に、ウィリアムズ家がチームとの関係に終止符を打つと発表した。
 これまでコンストラクターズ選手権とドライバーズ選手権で合計16回のタイトル獲得を達成したウィリアムズは先月、米国の投資会社ドリルトン・キャピタル(Dorilton Capital)に買収された。
 1977年にチームを創設したフランク(Frank Williams)氏(78)の娘で、2013年から事実上チームのトップを務めてきたクレア(Claire Williams)副代表は、今回の売却を受けて自身の退任を明らかに……

初の変化するエンブレム 28年ロス五輪組織委が発表  :日本経済新聞


News Headlines - 03 September 2020

Tesla launches $5 billion capital raise, tapping in on share surge - Reuters

Tesla Inc on Tuesday unveiled its biggest program of new share sales as a public company, seeking to cash in on soaring Wall Street interest in the electric carmaker to raise up to $5 billion that will ease future debt pressures.
The move comes a day after a 5-for-1 stock split took effect, Tesla’s first since its initial public offering in June 2010, and follows a nearly six-fold increase in the value of its shares this year... The company’s high-flying stock has risen another 70% since the split was announced on Aug. 11, and was trading at over $2,000 before the division on Friday.
With a market capitalization now around $465 billion, it became the world’s biggest car company by value in July and has propelled Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk’s personal fortune past $100 billion.

Amazon Delivery Fleet Gets US FAA Clearance to Operate Drone Airline - Bloomberg

Retail behemoth Inc. took a big leap toward delivering goods from the sky by becoming one of only a handful of companies certified by the U.S. government to operate as a drone airline.
The Federal Aviation Administration designated Amazon Prime Air an “air carrier,” the company said Monday. That allows Amazon to begin its first commercial deliveries in the U.S. under a trial program, using the high-tech devices it unveiled for that purpose last year.

Brad Pitt Unveils Rosé Champagne After Five Years of Production | Wine Spectator

Brad Pitt is getting into the Champagne biz, and today brings new details of what the A-list project looks like. Pitt and Angelina Jolie, of course, have been making Château Miraval wine from their Côtes de Provence estate since the 2012 vintage and, with the co-owning Perrin family of the Rhône's Château de Beaucastel, quickly made a name as serious contenders in pink wine.

Forcing convenience stores to open 24 hours may break monopoly laws: Japan FTC - The Mainichi

Forcing convenience store franchisees to stay open 24 hours a day could be a contravention of laws against private monopolization, according to a report of findings from a survey by the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) published on Sept. 2... In the part of the survey which asked franchisee owners about 24-hour operations, just 33.2% of respondents said they wished to continue with such hours. The other 66.8% said they wanted to try either temporary or full reductions in hours, or that they wished to do a trial of shorter business hours. Additionally, 8.7% said that their head office failed to respond to negotiations over the potential changes.

The 1962 Internment of Chinese Indians - The Diplomat

The history of ethnic Chinese people in India can be traced back to the Tibet trade during the 18th and 19th century. During the boom years of tea plantations, the British tea plantation owners brought Chinese workers from southern China, Hong Kong, and around Southeast Asia to India’s Assam and Darjeeling.


仏紙シャルリ・エブド、ムハンマド風刺画を再掲載 裁判開始で - BBCニュース

2日に始まる裁判には、銃を乱射した2人を手助けしたとされる14被告が出廷する予定。……シャルリ・エブドの2日付最新号は1面に、預言者ムハンマドに関する漫画12点を再掲。同紙はこれらを、デンマーク紙に掲載された後に転載し、襲撃事件のきっかけとなった。そのうちの1点では、ムハンマドがターバンの代わりに爆弾を身に着けている。「Tout ça pour ça」(すべてこのためだ)との見出しが付けられている。

仏マクロン大統領、爆発後のレバノン再訪問 政府に改革求める|TBS NEWS


外国メディアの記者証剥奪 ベラルーシで反政権報道封じ:中日新聞Web


ロシア反体制派から神経剤成分 毒攻撃の「証拠」とドイツ政府:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


ロシアが対日戦勝記念日を中国と同じ日に 9月2日→3日:中日新聞Web



News Headlines - 02 September 2020

Hong Kong police question activist Agnes Chow again over security law - The Mainichi

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow was on Tuesday questioned by police again three weeks after being arrested for allegedly violating a national security law newly imposed by Beijing... Chow accused the police and the government of using the security law as a political tool to suppress the Hong Kong people and the international media, citing the incident of police executing a court warrant to seek documents from Nikkei's Hong Kong newsroom and the government rejecting work visas for foreign journalists.

Japan staffing group pulls HQ functions out of Tokyo to an island - Nikkei Asian Review

Japanese staffing heavyweight Pasona Group will move core functions at its Tokyo headquarters to an island near Kobe and relocate roughly 1,200 employees as workplace conventions shift in response to the coronavirus epidemic.
The move to Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture will occur gradually starting in September, with the transfers due to be completed by the end of May 2024. Group CEO Yasuyuki Nambu has been stationed at Awaji since April as a precaution against the pandemic... About 4,600 people work at Pasona's home office in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. The group will move critical headquarter functions to Awaji, including key executive roles, business planning and human resources.
The relocation will include about 70% of the 1,800 people in positions such as information technology and back-office management. The company will proceed with the transfers after confirming that each employee is open to resettling.

Mauritius asks Japan for 3.6 bil. yen to help fishermen after oil leak

Mauritius has requested that Japan pay a total of 1.34 billion Mauritian rupees, equivalent to around 3.6 billion yen ($34 million), to support the local fishermen community affected by an oil leak from a Japanese freighter that ran aground in July, according to a Mauritian government document.
Under the proposed scheme, the Indian Ocean island nation has estimated the construction of 100 fishing boats will require 1.2 billion rupees, with 9.7 million rupees needed to provide training for 475 fishermen and 60 skippers unaccustomed to fishing in rough seas.
The Panama-flagged bulk carrier Wakashio, owned by Nagashiki Shipping Co., was carrying about 3,800 tons of fuel oil when it ran aground on July 25.

Thai king reinstates titles for royal consort, says she was ‘never a tarnished person’ | South China Morning Post

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Wednesday announced that his royal consort Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi has been reinstated after she was spectacularly removed from the position last year.
Former royal bodyguard Sineenat - known by her nickname “Koi” - was initially given the title of royal consort on the king’s 67th birthday in July 2019, the first time in nearly a century a Thai monarch had taken a consort.

Lionel Messi's incredible Manchester City contract detailed as Barcelona superstar picks Pep Guardiola reunion for next move - Daily Record

Record Sport understands that Messi has agreed financial terms worth €700million (currently £623m) over the course of five years in the employ of City Football Group, the Premier League club's holding company.
Messi - who on Sunday underlined last week's unilateral recision of the final year of his Barcelona contract by failing to report for mandatory COVID testing at the club – is expected to spend three seasons at Manchester City before moving to CFG's Major League Soccer franchise New York City FC.
The deal allows the group's Abu Dhabi ownership to employ the footballer they have coveted above all others since buying into European football 12 years ago at CFG's two most prominent clubs, with a degree of flexibility retained over the exact timing of Messi's cross-Atlantic switch.