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Nikkei Asian Review (Dec 12 ,2019)



APEC shows virtues of multilateralism despite Chile cancellation
New host Malaysia will aid efforts to push forward free trade pacts


12 DECEMBER 2019

Japan’s October machinery orders slip for 4th month
Business and consumer spending in doubt as demand slows abroad and at home

Japan’s shadow budget ‘zaito’ returns in infrastructure push
Ultralow interest rates encourage rise of program despite fiscal concerns

World’s first liquid hydrogen carrier ship launches in Japan
Kawasaki Heavy’s vessel will transport the next-generation fuel from Australia

Abe sees China’s 5G lead as ‘economic security’ threat
Prime minister personally lobbies for bigger tax breaks

US forces standstill of WTO appeals body
Lack of judges leaves 14 trade cases hanging in the balance

Japan moves to allay US concerns on fighter jet interoperability
Proposal for F-2 successor comes as Tokyo weighs Lockheed against UK’s BAE

Koizumi admits to Japan’s coal addiction, but offers no way out
Tokyo’s environment minister spoke at the UN climate conference in Madrid

South Korea’s quantitative easing would be road to nowhere
Japan shows how QE discourages deep corporate reform

Nomura to buy Greentech in 1st foreign M&A since Lehman
US-based advisory firm specializes in renewable energy

GungHo battles for foreign revenue with bubblegum blasts
Puzzle & Dragons developer turns to Switch for new game Ninjala

11 DECEMBER 2019

Japanese service companies find overseas route to fatter profits
Nikkei data shows retailers and eateries increased foreign sales 60% in 5 years

Honda begins business jet deliveries to China
Automaker positions country as its main Asian aircraft market

Bridgewater ready to accept funds from Japanese investors: CIO
Bob Prince says US recession is unlikely in the short term

COP25: A new carbon market offers hope for Asia’s forests
From Mitsui to Shell, companies are investing in emissions offsets

Japan’s Kansai Airport to be reborn as inbound tourist hub
Departure area for international flights will be made 60% bigger

Big Japan companies’ sentiment worsens to 3-year low in Oct-Dec
Consumption tax increase and China slowdown darken the mood

US and Japan should make limited trade pact more ambitious
American tariffs on Japanese auto exports need to be eliminated

Kirin’s US beer deal threatened by Myanmar links
Craft brewer New Belgium urged to block takeover by Japanese group

Japan weighs 15% tax credit to accelerate 5G investment
Ruling party pushes for development of key network to compete with foreign rivals

Asian palm oil futures hit near 2-year high on supply fears
Falling output in Malaysia and surging China imports have lifted prices

Will your next car be made from paper and plastic?
Plant-based and other lightweight materials promise a more eco-friendly ride

1,700-room hotel to open at Haneda Airport in time for Olympics
Sumitomo Realty looks to fill shortage around world’s fifth-busiest airport

Cheap Japan: Investors dig up bargains in Niseko’s powder paradise
Japanese town ranks just 31st in land prices among ski resorts worldwide

Japan trade minister offers to help India solve issues in RCEP talks
The 16 countries participating in talks aim to finalize the deal this year

Japanese scientist Yoshino accepts Nobel Prize at ceremony
71-year-old recognized for contribution to development of lithium-ion batteries

Sony’s 17-year high suggests Japan bulls are raring to go
Market set to benefit first from return of risk-on sentiment, analysts say

Japan offers Southeast Asia way out of US-China rivalry
As a major regional investor and security partner, Tokyo is stepping up

Japan reverses course on F-35, will continue assembly at home
Tokyo ends plan to import finished jets from US as Mitsubishi Heavy cuts costs

Apple CEO looks at ‘all countries’ to pick best suppliers
Tim Cook wants tech giant’s No. 1 contribution to be health care

Putin ally to pitch Arctic oil investment in Japan visit
Rosneft chief Sechin to brief trading houses Mitsubishi, Mitsui and Itochu

India to overtake Japan as world’s No. 3 economy in 2029
Rise of urban population and tech sector expected to drive growth: JCER forecast

Japan’s GDP slumps 3.7% on October tax hike: JCER
Economy suffers hangover from last-minute shopping

Japanese watchdog wants asset managers to focus on ESG
FSA set to revise stewardship code for the first time since 2017

10 DECEMBER 2019

Seven-Eleven Japan failed to pay 490m yen in overtime pay
Wrong formula blamed for shorting wages, perhaps since the 1970s

SoftBank to open new office in Tokyo’s Shibuya district
Japanese telecom will be joined by WeWork in high-rise above ‘scramble square’

SoftBank suffers another writedown after Wag stake sale
Vision Fund invested around $300m in the dog-walking startup in early 2018

Rapidly aging populations need financial security, not just caregivers
Society can focus too much on work and ill health

Xiaomi seeks fans in Japan with budget-friendly phones
Chinese manufacturer taps new market abroad as Huawei eats its lunch at home

Afghan police detain 6 over killing of Japanese doctor Tetsu Nakamura
Interior Ministry says attack likely had months or years of advanced planning

Japan’s abandoned homes to undergo bigger effort for new lease on life
Government panel recommends scaling up land banks nationwide

Asia’s airports stretch their retail and leisure wings
Singapore’s Changi and South Korea’s Incheon look to lift nonaviation revenue

Cheap Japan: From Disney to Big Macs, prices are frozen in time
Global bargain attracts hordes of international visitors

Japan’s wild GDP revisions stand out in G-7
After initially reporting growth of 0.2% for third quarter, Tokyo changes it to 1.8%

Japan’s reordering of name format highlights global power shift
Shinzo Abe will become ABE Shinzo in official English texts as of Jan 1 2020

Abe vows ‘step-by-step’ approach in Diet over constitution debate
Efforts to modify national charter stalled by allegations of wrongdoing


Japan’s ‘Trump whisperer’ emerges as potential Abe successor
Foreign Minister Motegi is a Harvard-educated savvy negotiator

Japanese doctor who watered Afghan deserts: Nakamura in his own words
Tetsu Nakamura talked about his life and mission in 2018 Nikkei interview

Japan to promote 5G with new tax incentives
Ruling party eyes three-year tax plan to accelerate network development

Japan’s ‘yakitori’ counts down to lift off for outer space
All systems go as canned grilled chicken receives JAXA certification

Japan’s ‘must-see’ islands turn to entry taxes to cope with tourist influx
Hiroshima, Okinawa hot spots see opportunity to make up funding shortfalls

Japan bucks global trend toward highly-educated societies
China and South Korea experience surge in people receiving doctoral degrees

Japan Coast Guard to ‘eliminate’ Chinese drones
Dozens of drones to be replaced by other models due to security concerns