▽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.