Nikkei Asian Review (Dec 24, 2020) | 一般社団法人 ラテンアメリカ協会

Nikkei Asian Review (Dec 24, 2020)



Brazil says Sinovac vaccine over 50% effective but delays full results
Chinese developer’s request to withhold detailed data raises questions



Prosecutors decide not to indict ex-PM Abe over party spending
Fine through summary indictment sought for his state-paid secretary

Japan’s fiscal hawks lay low despite record budget blowout
Once a major presence in the ruling LDP, deficit fighters are silenced in pandemic

Next MUFG Bank head Hanzawa known to shine in crisis
55-year-old rose through the ranks quickly by tackling difficult tasks

World’s first wooden satellite to be launched by Japan in 2023
Sumitomo Forestry studies potential for wood materials in extreme environments

Japan’s ‘green growth’ plan to call for EVs the price of gasoline cars
Offshore wind farms, hydrogen and smaller reactors to contribute to zero carbon

Suga seeks US visit in February for summit with Biden
Japan prime minister to urge caution against pandemic during year-end holidays


Japan, Philippines and Singapore join UK travel freeze over COVID
Fears of faster-spreading strain prompt slew of flight or entry bans

Daiwa unit launches $135m fund to support drug discovery
DCI Partners targets Japan and Taiwan biotech startups developing COVID remedies

Declassified papers show Japan opposed Tiananmen sanctions
Tokyo was concerned about isolating China, diplomatic records reveal

Asia cryptocurrency race heats up as Japan’s SBI buys UK trader
B2C2 purchase intended to push digital currencies into investment mainstream

Is that artificial intelligence ethical? Sony to review all products
Fears of unforeseen risks prompt Japanese giant to tighten quality control

Trash pickup takes a quantum spin in Myanmar’s biggest city
Nippon Koei and big-data startup will crunch combinations for shortest truck routes

Japan to bulk up Senkaku patrols as more Chinese ships enter area
Coast Guard plans 50% more ships in area as Beijing asserts claim over islands

Kewpie to feed growing Chinese appetite with extra mayo factory
Japanese household name seeks higher global sales like peers Ajinomoto and Kikkoman

Japan looks to guarantee aid for COVID business closures, and add fines
New legislation would spell out financial support to give owners’ certainty

Minicars to play big role in Japan’s ‘all electric’ goal
Popular vehicles included in halt of new gasoline-only auto sales by mid-2030s

Japan and India defense chiefs voice solidarity on maritime status quo
Kishi and Singh oppose ‘coercion’ in South China and East China seas


Japan’s ex-PM Abe avoids indictment over ‘cherry-blossom’ scandal
Tokyo prosecutors questioned former leader, set to charge his secretary

Tokyo Olympics remain beset by revenue and pandemic uncertainties
Japanese taxpayers could pay for shortfalls, undermining public support for Games

Fujifilm’s Avigan hopes hit after Japan puts COVID drug on hold
Health ministry panel says efficacy difficult to judge from available data

Tsutaya, Japan’s biggest bookstore chain, bets on China growth
Retailer confronts digital era by offering experiences and ‘lifestyle suggestions’

Toyota to halt plants in Europe as COVID variant disrupts traffic
Factory operations in UK and France to be suspended starting on Tuesday

Dubai plans world-class waste-to-energy plant run by Itochu
Half of the city’s trash to be converted to electricity, serving 140,000 households

Philippines orders 240 Japanese train cars for first Manila subway
Sumitomo and JR East’s $556m contract follows 2019 commuter rail deal

Takeda sells 5 prescription drugs to China’s Hasten for $322m
Blood pressure treatment Ebrantil part of Japanese company’s latest asset sale

Japan’s MUFG lends $520m to help Africa fight COVID-19
Institutional investors purchase loans guaranteed by government

Japan health ministry delays decision on Avigan for coronavirus
Authorities seek additional data before greenlighting Fujifilm flu drug