Nikkei Asian Review (Jul 30,2019) | 一般社団法人 ラテンアメリカ協会

Nikkei Asian Review (Jul 30,2019)

29 JULY 2019

Japan targets cyborg tech and robotics in ambitious research program
Government to invite proposals in 25 areas, hoping to turn looming crises into innovative products

US video conference startup Zoom to expand Japanese operations
Increase in remote work prompts company to beef up staff ahead of 2020 Olympics

Chinese streamer Douyu plots leap into Japan
Joint venture with Mitsui will target country’s burgeoning esports market

Multinationals woo Japan’s foreign students amid labor crunch
Lack of language skills hinders hiring despite government support

Tokyo’s biggest post-Olympics construction planned near Ginza
Mitsui, NTT and Tepco team for offices, shops and hotel over 70,000 sq. meters

Japan’s food tech companies find fresh ways to extend shelf life
Tuna wrapped in mold keeps for 20 days while dried veggies last two years

58% in Japan support export curbs on South Korea: Nikkei survey
Respondents divided on sending Self-Defense Forces to Strait of Hormuz

ANA to debut first route to Russian city with Vladivostok flights
Airline intrigued by 20% growth in tourists to Japan

US and Australia team up against China’s dominance in rare earths
Japan also joins bid to lessen Beijing’s ability to wield minerals in disputes

28 JULY 2019

Japan’s shippers see buoyant earnings despite trade slowdown
Cost cuts and lower capacity fuel first-quarter gains

Japan Self-Defense Forces’ ability and spirit tested by disasters
Floods, earthquakes and even nuclear meltdown have tempered troops’ morale

US and Japan to start high-level trade talks in August

Ministerial discussions will likely focus on farm products and autos

Death toll in arson attack on Kyoto anime studio rises to 35

27 JULY 2019

Masayoshi Son blasts critics who ‘don’t understand’ AI’s potential
SoftBank CEO predicts Vision Fund will see monthly IPOs around next year

Luxury hotels pop up in Japan for Western visitors
Property developers tap tourism boom to diversify income sources

FC Barcelona rides Asian sponsors to score 1bn euros in revenue
Spanish soccer club to achieve goal a year earlier than expected, president says

Drug firm to seek talks with Nobel laureate Honjo with new proposal

First Japanese company reveals bid to join Facebook’s Libra
Online broker Monex sees ‘huge possibilities’ for the cryptocurrency

Asics sets sights on China with Onitsuka Tiger hub in Shanghai
Sneaker producer to accelerate store openings in world’s second-largest economy

SoftBank scores a win as US clears Sprint merger with T-Mobile
Son sheds risk from money-losing carrier to plow cash into AI

South Korean supermarkets shelve orders of Japanese beer
Inventories pile up as boycott over Tokyo trade curbs weighs on sales

Japanese soccer star’s fund bets on Elon Musk startups
Venture with Will Smith invests in mind-machine links and superfast transit

26 JULY 2019

Kao’s 1H profit falls 2% as China e-commerce law hits diaper sales
Japanese toiletry maker feels chill from slowing sales to Chinese shoppers

North Korea missile launch a warning to South’s ‘warmongers’
Kim Jong Un oversaw ‘demonstration’ to signal ire over joint US military drills

Shinzo Abe needs to woo China as US grows unreliable
Japan must focus on its neighborhood as it cannot trust Trump

China uses banana diplomacy in Philippines to edge out Japan
Fruit exports to China help the economy but reflect Beijing’s growing sway

Japan to decide to remove South Korea from ‘whitelist’ on Aug 2
Exclusion from preferential trade treatment likely to take effect late next month

Trade war triggers Asia-wide exports slump
China slowdown ripples through supply chain, hurting Singapore and Thailand

Microsoft and Foxconn join SoftBank’s $108bn Vision Fund sequel
Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi not named on list of participants

Beauty icon Molton Brown aims to quintuple Asia sales
Supplier to British royal family brews up new hotel amenities and perfumes

Electricity from ocean currents: Japanese company to begin experiment
IHI technology seen as more efficient than wind or solar power

China’s CATL to help Japanese homes store solar power cheaply
EV battery giant looks to rev up market hampered by high prices

Asian tourists have new payment options in Japan as Singtel arrives
VIA alliance brings Thai and Singapore-based digital services to Tokyo airports

North Korea takes bullish turn with latest missile test
Pyongyang also calls off foreign minister’s meeting with Pompeo

From beer to travel, Japan Inc. stung by South Korean boycott
Consumer hostility dents sales and foils promotional plans

Tencent enters Japan’s cloud, chasing Amazon and Microsoft
Chinese tech giant to host data for game and video-sharing providers

Nissan more than doubles job cuts to 12,500
US, Mexico and India factories targeted as automaker shrinks bloated capacity

China’s first private commercial rocket makes it into orbit
iSpace successfully launches Hyperbola-1 after failures by two other companies

25 JULY 2019

Tokyo and Seoul clash at WTO as third countries look other way
South Korea calls export curbs unfair while Japan cites national security

Russian air clash is a wake-up call for South Korea
Seoul and Tokyo should move closer as Moscow and Beijing inflame tensions