Nikkei Asian Review (Jan 13, 2021) | 一般社団法人 ラテンアメリカ協会

Nikkei Asian Review (Jan 13, 2021)

Latin America


Brazil scrambles for India-made COVID vaccines to jumpstart shots
Latin America’s largest nation behind in race to inoculate against virus


China’s Sinovac vaccine shows 78% efficacy in Brazilian trial
Result is weaker than Turkey findings, with details still sparse


Japan finds new COVID virus strain, distinct from UK and Africa types
Variant detected in four passengers who arrived in Tokyo from Brazil


As coronavirus mutates, countries scramble to put up defenses
Brazil variant joins UK and South African forms confronting authorities from Asia to US

Sinovac vaccine disappoints at 50.4% efficacy: latest Brazil data
Results come as scientists slam biomed center for raising ‘unrealistic’ hopes



Suga pressed to condemn US Capitol assault
Members of Japan’s ruling LDP urge prime minister to join global leaders

Japan’s top staffer Recruit to be led by 45-year-old CEO
Idekoba will target foreign acquisitions and keep eye on Big Tech’s move into staffing

Daikin goes all in on standard AC parts with eye to low-cost China rivals
Manufacturer takes page out of auto industry playbook to halve development time

SoftBank unit leads funding for Japan online sneaker market
SODA eyes Asia expansion with second fundraising in a year

Japan electric system’s risks rise as winter hinders solar power
LNG dependence exposes flaws in nation focused on zero carbon and liberalization

Japan’s November machinery orders rise 1.5%, but outlook unclear
Uptick marks 2nd straight monthly increase as Cabinet Office upgrades assessment


Honda to halt UK car output due to COVID-related supply issues
Japanese carmaker hopes to restart production by Jan. 22

Japan’s New Horizon to buy debt of pandemic-hit companies
Regional banks face surge of bad loans as economy struggles with COVID

Japan retailers face second crunch amid latest COVID emergency
Stores stay open but fewer customers drop by as more residents work from home

Panasonic races to develop cobalt-free battery with Tesla
Japanese electronics giant expects to start production in 2-3 years

Japan’s wider COVID emergency zone promises hospitals no relief
Tokyo and Osaka beds dwindle, while Google AI predicts 3.5-fold jump in deaths

FamilyMart to appoint Itochu executive as president
Convenience store chain looks to up its game in saturated market

East Asian executives expect better US-China ties under Biden
Japanese more pessimistic about COVID impact and economic outlook

Mitsubishi Chemical leads charge against China’s EV battery giants
Company to boost electrolyte production by 50% to compete for surging demand

Myanmar removes Thai builder from Indo-Pacific economic-zone project
Italian-Thai Development’s funding issues had slowed construction of Dawei

Toyota shut Chinese line for 2 days due to global chip shortage
Automaker cuts production at Texas plant as Honda and Nissan also trim output

South Korea envoy should leave, Japan ruling party official says
LDP weighs options as ‘comfort women’ ruling squeezes ties


Japan’s GDP growth slows to 0.5% in November: JCER
Recession indicator stays outside warning territory for 10th straight month

Japan to call emergencies in 7 more prefectures, including Osaka
Government plans to expand decree with health care system strained

Japan scrambles to avoid blackout as cold wave grips East Asia
Utilities ask consumers to conserve energy as electricity and LNG prices spike

Japan scrambles to avoid blackout as cold wave grips East Asia
Utilities ask consumers to conserve energy as electricity and LNG prices spike

Sony unveils high-tech filmmaking drone amid DJI blacklist
Electronics-to-entertainment conglomerate readies Airpeak for spring launch

Asian container rates soar as bunkered shoppers furnish homes
Consumers snap up furniture, appliances and toys to weather pandemic lockdowns

Colon cancer finds foe in new AI tool from NEC
IT powerhouse adds medical devices to its business portfolio