Nikkei Asian Review (Jan 25, 2021) | 一般社団法人 ラテンアメリカ協会

Nikkei Asian Review (Jan 25, 2021)

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Biden seeks to require air passengers to quarantine upon US arrival
New president’s executive order does not explain how rule would be enforced.



Japan Inc. slashes investment plans 2.9% in face of pandemic
But spending thrives for decarbonization, medicine and digitization: Nikkei poll


New US defense chief reaffirms commitment to Senkaku islands defense
Lloyd Austin urges Japan to contribute more to Indo-Pacific security

Japan telecoms plan spring rate war for mobile services
PM’s vow to reduce fees forces KDDI, Docomo and SoftBank to fall in line

K-shaped recovery complicates world economy amid pandemic
Chip and car industries heat up, while hotels and restaurants still suffer

Japan rushes to deploy unified vaccination record system
National ID system to be used to avoid confusion of stimulus rollout


Toyota accepts staff from halted aircraft factories of Mitsubishi Heavy
Recovering auto demand helps absorb excess workers from stalled aviation makers

IOC chief Bach floats possibility of no fans at Tokyo Games
With six months to go until the opening ceremony, committee prepares for ‘all scenarios’

Myopia correcting ‘smart glasses’ from Japan to be sold in Asia
Kubota Pharmaceutical eyes Taiwan, Hong Kong and ASEAN for gadget

Rural Japan governor’s race holds clue to Suga’s political future
Local elections prove better indicator of public support than opinion surveys

Charting COVID-19 vaccinations around the world: Infographics
Status of inoculations and contracts with manufacturers explained visually

US to start policy review on North Korea in consultation with allies
Nuclear and ballistic missile activities a ‘serious threat’, says Press Secretary Psaki

Tokyo Olympics confront new doubts with 6 months to go
Qualifiers, vaccinations and crowd size still up in the air as pandemic rages

Japan last in line as nations press ahead with vaccination
With no shots yet, authorities scramble to regain lost ground

China fires opening salvo at Biden, making coast guard quasi-military
New law seen as warning to Japan and US over Senkakus

Tokyo girl suspected as first local case of UK coronavirus strain
Child had no known contact with overseas travelers

Panasonic’s ultracold carrier holds COVID vaccines at minus 70 C
Storage units can keep Pfizer’s doses at right temperature for 18 days


Japan police target about 30 people linked to huge cryptocurrency heist
Suspect transactions account for a third of $530m stolen from Coincheck in 2018

Team Biden assures Japan that Senkakus fall under security treaty
Tokyo angles to get Washington on same policy page on topics from climate to China

Toyota-owned Daihatsu, a gas engine stalwart, tries again in hybrid cars
One of Japan’s biggest minicar makers joins electrification race

Japan taps reflationist for BOJ board with eye on post-COVID recovery
Pick buffers against drastic shift from accommodative stance

Japan’s top banks back zero-carbon infrastructure with new funds
Sumitomo Mitsui, Mizuho and MUFG look to ride rising global tide of investment

China passes US as top Japanese export buyer, topping 20%
Cars and cardboard drive gains, even as some companies warn on overreliance

Japan’s consumer prices fall at decade-fast pace
CPI fell 1.0% in December from year earlier as deflationary pressures intensify

Japan suicides end 10-year fall as COVID stress hits women harder
Female cases rise 14% as COVID impact on economic and lifestyle factors blamed

Japan denies report it plans Tokyo Olympics cancellation
PM Suga reiterates games will go ahead this year despite pandemic