Nikkei Asian Review (Dec 17, 2020) | 一般社団法人 ラテンアメリカ協会

Nikkei Asian Review (Dec 17, 2020)



Japan’s COVID hospitals struggle to attract nurses as cases rise
Pandemic puts shortage of experienced professionals in sharp relief

Japan raises 2021 GDP forecast to around 4% growth
Government puts faith in new steps to ease impact of pandemic

Chipmaker Renesas extends China reach with FAW research lab
Japanese company positions itself for growth in booming EV market

Hitachi wins deal to convert British diesel trains to battery hybrids
Upgrade seen cutting carbon emissions and fuel use by 20%

Toshiba plans $9.7bn investment blitz in shift to expansion
Japanese group eyes acquisitions in renewable energy

Nissan picks Japan, not Britain, to make Ariya electric car for EU
No-deal Brexit risk dashes Sunderland plant’s hopes of exporting new model


Japan to face dearth of outside directors in 2021: survey
New rules requiring more independent board members leads to squeeze

Singapore lures workspace operators amid pandemic property slump
Office providers extend reach in uncertain market on growth optimism

Russian military buildup in Northeast Asia rattles Japan and US
Moscow puts advanced missiles on Hokkaido doorstep amid talk of China alliance

Japan exports post record 24th straight month of decline
Soft US and China demand sends November figure slumping 4.2%

Honda recalls 1.4m vehicles in US over multiple issues
Japanese automaker reports 16 fires linked to power window switches

Japan’s Koizumi ups climate ante with goal of 40% renewable power
Proposal is roughly double nation’s current target range for fiscal 2030

Five Eyes partner Japan to tighten controls on strategic land
New legislation will seek to know who buys property near bases and infrastructure

Staffing agency Pasona to hire and groom 1,000 jobless grads
Company determined to prevent another ‘lost generation’ in Japan due to COVID

Five powerful forces will affect the world in 2025: Martin Wolf
Tech, inequality, debt, de-globalization and political stress to remain decisive

Data show global power shift, youth emergence and warming threat
Economic reliance on China rises, Gen Z gains clout and disaster damage surges

Tech gaps and a pushy China pose challenges for the world
Pandemic has made clear need for urgent changes over next five years

‘Vertical’ opportunities poised to spread to the remaining 99% of economy
Internet companies scramble to secure experts versed in specific industries

Decarbonizing technologies to dictate country competitiveness
Renewable energy system estimated to require $1.6tn of investment by 2030

Countries vie for corporate renewal
Japan under pressure to save companies from becoming ‘zombies’

Intangible asset-based management set to go mainstream
Patents, trademarks and software will be key

Xi Jinping’s temple snub hints at Japan’s drop on priority list
Beijing turns sights to Biden and Communist Party milestones


Japan ‘Twitter killer’ sentenced to death over 2017 serial murders
Takahiro Shiraishi’s 9 victims had posted suicidal thoughts on social media

China and Japan ‘risk missing’ $205bn ASEAN renewables opportunity
Greenpeace says governments need to nudge banks out of fossil fuel comfort zone

Japan travel industry faces stark holiday season
Suspension of Go To Travel program elicits shock and resignation

Toshiba and Fuji Electric to invest $2bn in EV power chips
Global focus on electrified vehicles spurs spending spree

Japan defense chief calls for China’s restraint on the Senkakus
Kishi and Wei agree on creation of hotline to avoid accidental clashes