Nikkei Asian Review (Jan 28, 2021) | 一般社団法人 ラテンアメリカ協会

Nikkei Asian Review (Jan 28, 2021)


Latin America

Jan 27th

Global COVID-19 cases top 100m as mutations multiply
12 main types of the novel coronavirus have been identified

Peru volunteer in Sinopharm COVID vaccine trial dies of pneumonia
Participant received a placebo, says university involved in study

Japan

Jan28th

IOC’s Bach pleads for ‘patience’ amid Olympic cancellation report
Chief rejects speculation, as organizers prepare playbook of COVID safeguards

Biden and Suga reaffirm US commitment on Senkakus
Japanese leader to attend April 22 climate summit

Apollo to buy Showa Denko’s aluminum assets for $480m
US asset manager’s first acquisition in Japan expands materials portfolio

Jan27th

Japan foreign minister eyes US trip next month to strengthen ties
Free and open Indo-Pacific agreed upon in Motegi-Blinken phone call

Japan to produce 90m doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
Local drugmakers to make jabs soon as Tokyo becomes desperate to contain pandemic

Isuzu to source truck engines from Cummins for key models
US deal to help Japanese automaker focus on EV and other next-generation tech

Nissan to launch only electrified cars in key markets in 2030s
Aggressive initiative part of company’s aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050

COVID shots meet skepticism in South Korea, China and Japan: poll
Survey for Davos meetings shows only 14% to 23% want immediate vaccinations

Japan Inc prepares for automation bonanza in China
Factory robot makers Yaskawa Electric and Daifuku plan new factories as demand soars

First private Japan launcher to recover payload after space trip
Interstellar Technologies pushes boundaries with maverick founder Takafumi Horie

Sumitomo buys out Singapore construction equipment renter
Japan trading house looks to expand Aver Asia’s footprint in Thailand and Indonesia

Florida offers to replace Tokyo as Summer Olympics host
COVID outbreak in Japan raises speculation that organizers may back out

Shin-Etsu to boost US plastic production on back of Biden stimulus
Japanese chemical maker plans $1.25bn investment, anticipating infrastructure push

Vaccines will power 5.5% global economic growth in 2021: IMF
Following pandemic-induced contraction, expansion would be fastest since 2010

Jan26th

Toyota forges ahead with 8.25m vehicle goal despite chip crunch
Automaker projects minimal impact from production cutbacks

Germany to send naval frigate to Japan with eye on China
Berlin takes a first step in its new Indo-Pacific strategy

India to award Shinzo Abe second-highest civilian honor
Efforts to push for free and open Indo-Pacific recognized by Modi government

Humidifiers and hot plates lift Japan appliances sales to 24-year high
Cooped-up consumers also buy more high-priced toasters and big TVs

Japan’s contact tracers squeezed by mounting COVID cases
Public health center staffing spread thin with few leads from national tracing app

Mind the digital gap in Asia’s post-COVID economy: Davos panelists
Singapore minister and others stress workforce upskilling for ‘inclusive growth’