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Nikkei Asian Review (Dec 9 ,2019)



Japan’s GDP growth upgraded to 1.8% for July-September
Revised capital investment comes in well above initial reading

Elon Musk is wrong to praise Japanese giant’s block on short-selling
Betting against companies is useful way of highlighting perceived problems

Lexus to launch EV in China taking on VW and Tesla
Toyota capitalizes on brand’s popularity to kick-start sales in 2020

Japan’s ivory trade fuels illegal exports to China, Africa says
Illicit shipments continue to drive elephant poaching

US tariffs kick in, Tankan survey, and Taiwan campaign kicks off
Your weekly lineup of Asia’s biggest business and political events


Body of doctor Nakamura arrives in Japan after shooting in Afghanistan

Japanese startup weaves gold from unsold apparel
Nagoya company sells brand-name clothing under new label

The 10 best temple getaways for family vacations in Japan
‘Shukubo’ inns let kids meditate Zen-style and parents stay clear of city noise

Praised by Elon Musk, Japan fund move fuels short-selling debate
GPIF halts stock lending from $1.5tn portfolio, reducing ammo for negative bets

Mitsubishi Electric worker investigated over suicide of recruit


City looks to new museum about ‘Japan’s Schindler’ as tourist draw
Historic exhibits on Jewish refugees arriving in Tsuruga to feature at expanded museum

Alaska governor pitches LNG exports to Japan
Dunleavy says Alaskan arctic gas can compete on price in Asia

From wickets to walk-offs: MLB seeks to convert India to baseball
America’s pastime looks to Asia to grow fans as attendance suffers at home

Japan Coast Guard launches unit to handle North Korean ‘ghost ships’
Derelict fishing boats wash up on northern shores when weather turns rough

Japan’s first Ritz-Carlton Reserve to land in Niseko
Malaysia’s YTL Hotels also opens serviced apartment complex in Hokkaido

Hitachi wins $460m British high-speed train contract
Manufacturer to supply 135 emissions-reducing carriages

Tokyo probes banks’ hefty transfer fees
Various handling charges suspected of shutting out fintech startups

China clamps down on baby eel trade in blow to unagi restaurants
Proposed export restrictions risk cutting off Japan’s main supply

Asahi gulps down Singaporean vending machine company
Advend acquisition gives Japanese drink maker bigger Southeast Asian platform

Tokyo Dome on track to report 10% profit gain on Arashi fever
Giants playoff berth and popular boy band’s merchandise fuel earnings

Early retirement up in Japan as companies seek younger staff
Thousands of workers between 45 and 52 are shown the exit

Flooded Japan bullet train yard to be raised 10 meters
Nagano facility had been flagged for risk of once-a-millennium deluge

Disney Japan apologizes for stealthy promotion of Frozen 2
Distributor asked seven people to create and tweet illustrations

Japan defense budget hits record $50bn on new jet
Cost of developing stealth fighter spelled out for first time

SoftBank will win WeWork bet in Starbucks style: Bernstein
Analyst says valuation is justified in the long term

Xi Jinping set to make first state visit to Japan in April
Mention of specific month comes with Abe security chief in Beijing

Jack Ma warns companies ‘cannot live on shareholders’
Son vows to double down on Vision Fund as SoftBank sets up AI lab with University


Biogen builds case for its Alzheimer’s drug, skeptics say more data needed

China learns nursing care from Japan as it, too, grows older
Beijing hopes to gain public support by improving the lives of the elderly

Uniqlo enters Vietnam, Southeast Asia’s growth engine
Chairman Yanai calls country ‘land of promise’ as sales and manufacturing hubs

Japan police to immediately revoke driver’s licenses for road rage
National authorities plan harsher penalties after recent high-profile incidents

Tokyo ‘sumi-e’ artist brings new life to traditional art
From formal kimonos to fashion T-shirts, Japan’s celebrated ink painting bridges eras

Panasonic to build new consumer electronics plant in China
The first such plant in 16 years comes despite US-China trade war

Japan’s household spending posts fastest decline in 3 1/2 years
Drop follows sales tax increase and powerful typhoon

SoftBank ‘no bailout’ pledge tested as tech stress spreads
Son’s quest for his next Alibaba hit by another low valuation

Japan stimulus package swells to $120bn in Abenomics reboot
Tokyo bolsters infrastructure while bracing for Olympic hangover

Temasek startup fund raises $70m from Japan’s Marubeni and SMBC
Fund will invest in AI ventures in such countries as India and China

Amazon leaves packages at the door, defying Japan’s service culture
Drop-off service to be offered nationwide despite concerns over theft

Huawei breaks free from Trump’s tech trap
Far from being hobbled, the Chinese company is winning with 5G


MUFG Bank weighs charging fee on idle accounts
Move reflects lenders’ aging business model and higher compliance costs

US investor bids to keep China out of Philippine shipyard
Alliance with Australian shipbuilder has backing of local Navy

‘Work’ and ‘life’ to follow ‘mobility’ as next venture cash magnets
JCER report gauges startup trends and regional economic prospects

Tetsu Nakamura: Humanitarian who devoted his life to Afghanistan
Slain Japanese doctor wanted to ‘shine light into dark corners’

Japan and South Korea to discuss export controls on Dec. 16
First such talks since 2016 will be held in Tokyo