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Nikkei Asian Review (Apr 2,2020)

2 APRIL 2020
Coronavirus latest: Japan to send cloth face masks to every household
Trump considers halting domestic flights to hot spots; Wimbledon tennis canceled

SoftBank abandons plan for $3bn WeWork tender offer
Tech group nixes part of bailout but expects profit from T-Mobile/Sprint merger

Sharp to ramp up global output of surgical masks
Electronics maker plans to eventually sell direct to consumers

The world is less safe when leaders videoconference
With coronavirus limiting movements of US troops, national security fears rise

Rapid-fire coronavirus kits aim to fill Japan’s testing gap
Textile maker Kurabo’s antibody tests takes 10-15 minutes

Germany tests coronavirus 17-times more than Japan
At-hospital quarantine policy limits Tokyo’s response to outbreak

Japan’s pension giant suffers record $166bn quarterly loss: Nomura
Estimate comes as GPIF names Goldman Sachs alum as head of investment

1 APRIL 2020

Japan bans entry from US in expanded travel restrictions
Government to distribute masks to every household in country

Tencent and China tech prove resilience amid regional stock shock
87% of major Asian companies lost market cap with Indian banks hit hardest

Coronavirus spurs Terumo and Senko to make more heart-lung machines
Japanese medical equipment makers respond to government production subsidies

Japanese companies welcome new recruits amid coronavirus caution
Toned down ceremonies greet class of 2020 as many join via video link from home

Asahi’s CUB takeover approved by Australian regulator
Japanese brewer’s $11bn acquisition nears completion

Maruti Suzuki to begin making ventilators and masks in India
Amid coronavirus outbreak, the automaker responds to Indian government request

Nikkei dividend index hits all-time high in 2019
Gain of 11.33 points is 10th annual increase

Japanese cuisine on a roll in Indonesia
Consumer interest is growing but some creations are more ‘mashup’ than fusion

Fujifilm starts clinical trial on Avigan for coronavirus
Company also says it is ready to ramp up production of the anti-flu medication

Japan business sentiment plunges to 7-year low, BOJ Tankan shows
Coronavirus hits economy reeling from sales tax increase and trade war

Shipping industry’s worst nightmare: A corona Christmas
Container carriers shudder at thought of consumers cooped up till year-end

Apple said to buy $200m in Japan Display plant assets
iPhone supplier sells off LCD equipment to repay American tech giant

Sell-offs pummel corporate Japan’s stock portfolios
Pension funds log worst returns in more than eight years

ANA invests in tech for virtual vacations and doctor visits
Airline spins off avatar venture as it weathers travel slump

Foreign workers in Japan earn only 70% of average pay
Gap is narrower for white-collar workers, first data show

Young adults at risk for severe coronavirus cases, reports show
Data from US and WHO underscore deeper threat to health care systems

Bullet-train home delivery ready for service
Sagawa and JR Hokkaido in tie-up for shinkansen delivery amid driver shortage

MUFG takes $3.3bn loss on Southeast Asian bank write-downs
Stock crash sinks value of Indonesian, Thai and Philippine stakes

31 MARCH 2020

Taiwan’s digital minister draws praise in Japan for mask app
Audrey Tang helped establish software that tracks inventories

Coronavirus deals much swifter blow to Asian stocks than past crises
Record low valuations give cash-rich companies an advantage, some analysts say

Tokyo is in danger: Caixin reporter’s notebook
Japanese capital’s coronavirus woes worsen as ‘hygiene fatigue’ takes hold

From Avigan to remdesivir, hopes run high for coronavirus drugs
Scientists warn even repurposed medications will take time to show efficacy

Ken Shimura’s death leaves Japanese of all generations mourning
Beloved TV personality enamored people with unique movements and expressions

Climate change threatens sakura, sushi and sake
Cherry blossom’s early arrival should alert Japan to need for green measures

Panic buying in Japan lifts February retail sales
Job openings sink 2.2% as coronavirus crimps hiring

Stay or go? Window closes for Japan Inc. to bring back expats
Coronavirus travel bans force companies to decide and calculate costs

Japan destroyer and Chinese fishing ship collide with no injuries
Investigation underway after run-in in East China Sea

Is Japan listening? Stay-home request heeded, but not by all
Tokyo’s movement restrictions still lax compared with NY and Paris

30 MARCH 2020

Tokyo Olympics to start July 23, 2021
Paralympics to begin Aug. 24 and organizers hope to use same venues as planned for 2020

SoftBank shares sag after satellite investment collapses
OneWeb’s bankruptcy filing puts tech group’s unlisted assets under fresh scrutiny

Abe rival says Japan should have banned China visitors earlier
Shigeru Ishiba attacks prime minister’s handling of coronavirus pandemic

Japan comedian Ken Shimura dies after coronavirus infection
70-year-old was first Japanese celebrity to reveal testing positive for virus

World slips into pandemic-induced hibernation as China awakens
Restaurants and traffic go quiet globally while Shanghai’s cargo shipments spike

Japan prepares to impose entry ban on US
All of China and South Korea also to join no-travel list

Stay-at-homes in Japan double as coronavirus surges
Olympics delay supported widely across political lines, Nikkei poll finds

Tokyo confirms 68 new coronavirus cases, record daily increase
Total reaches 430, the most of any prefecture in Japan

29 MARCH 2020

In pictures: First weekend of Tokyo shutdown to stem coronavirus
Normally packed Shibuya and Ginza shopping districts appear subdued

Tokyo MBA school focuses on sustainability
Shizenkan University veers away from teaching capitalist model

Living with coronavirus: How to limit infections at home
Laundry, cleaning and other household chores require special attention

Abe says Japan aims to approve Avigan as coronavirus treatment
Prime minister also promises ‘unprecedented’ stimulus measures


SoftBank-backed OneWeb files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan