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Nikkei Asian Review (Dec 21, 2020)



Ezra Vogel, top American scholar on Asia, dies at 90
Harvard professor authored ‘Japan as Number One’ and ‘Deng Xiaoping’

Indonesia launches Japan-funded port to boost auto exports
Jokowi watches first shipment of 140 Toyota, Daihatsu and Suzuki cars to Brunei

SoftBank to apply for IPO of blank-check acquisition vehicle in US
Application possible as early as Monday; SoftBank Investment Advisers to oversee ops

Japan approves record $1tn budget to cope with COVID
Massive rise over initial 2021 estimate sparks financial health concerns


Suga draws line in the sand: Defend ‘100 yen’ dollar barrier
Japanese leader braces for another Democrat entering the White House

Sinovac vaccine results, Japan 2021 budget, China Anti-Monopoly Law
Your weekly lineup of Asia’s biggest business and political events

Job hoppers decline in Japan amid pandemic-hit economy
IT sector has labor shortage, but many workers lack skills for changing career

Sky deck promises front-seat view of Mt. Fuji, no ride required
$10m project opens next summer at Fuji-Q amusement park

Japan to help build giant methane production plant in China
Countries collaborate on CO2 recycling while utilizing surplus hydrogen


Biden urged to ditch bilateralism by scholars in Europe, US and Japan
Think tanks say US should immediately accept Okonjo-Iweala for WTO

Hyundai races back to Japan with fuel cell vehicle
South Korean automaker to return in 2022 to market it left a decade ago

Japan greenlights missile shield as rivals sharpen spears
Two Aegis warships approved, but Tokyo opts against base-strike capability for now

20% of Japan consumer sites secretly track web users: Nikkei survey
Forget cookies, device fingerprinting offers more subtle way to watch

Scammers threaten Chinese in Japan with ‘forced deportation’
Criminal groups in China and Taiwan pose as government officials to commit fraud

Giant moving Gundam robot towers over Yokohama port
Bandai’s anime character also coming to Shanghai in 2021 in bid for new fans


Japan’s Docomo to slash 5G rates by 13% as pressure mounts
Top carrier also to allow unlimited data usage

With eye on China, Japan refuses to ease TPP rules for new members
Incoming chair Tokyo seeks to balance expansion with maintaining trade standards

Team Japan to defend connected cars against cyberattacks
Automakers and suppliers to strengthen defenses by pooling knowledge

Japan to provide ultracold freezers to store COVID vaccine
Government faces challenge of inoculating millions by July for Tokyo Olympics

China duty-free surge convinces Pola to add 20 more stores
Japanese cosmetics brands ramp up strategies with tourism rebound in sight

Ex-US trade chiefs pin high TPP hopes on Katherine Tai
Bilateral free trade agreement with Japan should be first focus, Rob Portman says

Japan core consumer prices fall at fastest pace in 10 years
Government’s discount travel campaign weighs on accommodation fees

Japanese microlender raises $26m to expand Indian operations
Gojo plans to make inroads into Africa and digitize lending

Hitachi High-Tech develops method to fast-test used EV batteries
Growing pile of old li-ion cells charges market for recycled energy