Nikkei Asian Review (Apr 8, 2021) | 一般社団法人 ラテンアメリカ協会

Nikkei Asian Review (Apr 8, 2021)



US and Japan haven’t discussed Beijing Olympics boycott: Tokyo
International community must work together to engage China, cabinet spokesman says

Japan seeks first in-person Quad summit in June on G-7 sidelines
Suga plans trip to India after Washington visit to shore up support

Hitachi in talks with Bain-led group to sell listed metals unit
Industrial group hopes to reap $7bn relinquishing stake in Hitachi Metals

Toshiba buyout bid faces hurdles, including CVC conflict of interest
Private equity suitor needs to find partner investors and win over shareholders

This is Naomi: Tennis superstar opens up about her life
Osaka shares childhood memories, karaoke favorites and thoughts on her roots

Japan transplants live-donor lung to COVID patient in world first
Husband and son donors in good condition, says Kyoto University Hospital


Archegos woes prompts Japan watchdog to probe risky transactions
FSA and BOJ to look into possible exposure to US investment firm’s meltdown

Toshiba receives offer from CVC to go private in $20bn deal
Buyout firm’s proposal includes 30% premium on Japan group’s share price

CVC proposal offers Toshiba escape from activist investors
President faces battle with shareholders over reappointment at annual meeting

Thai cabinet becomes COVID hot spot as ministers quarantine
Japanese ambassador also infected as contagious UK variant spreads in kingdom

Japan’s GDP down 1.2% in February: JCER
Sluggish exports to China and US behind contraction

Japan must join Europe and US in advancing human rights
Universal values guaranteed by UN should inform Tokyo’s diplomacy

Former Nissan EV developer to launch plastic battery this year
Japanese startup APB plans mass production of electricity storage systems

North Korea dashes hopes for diplomatic gold at Tokyo Olympics
Seeing little political payoff, Pyongyang bows out of Tokyo games

Toshiba receives offer from CVC to go private in $20bn deal
Buyout firm’s proposal includes 30% premium on Japan group’s share price

Japan’s Suga eyes Philippines and India visit in April-May
Prime Minister to reaffirm cooperation with China’s maritime presence in mind

Japan sends first-ever aid to Indian islands at mouth of Malacca
Andaman and Nicobar Islands have potential to monitor Chinese vessels up close

Takeda halts development of COVID-19 plasma therapy
Japanese drugmaker had counted on technology boost from Shire acquisition

Japan eyes F-35 deployment in south for Senkaku defense
Kyushu air base cited as ‘leading candidate’ for new jets, with focus on China


Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance to spend $4.5bn on M&A, with eye on US
Japanese insurer aims to tap into North American specialty market

Japan investors swoop for ‘digital hanko’ stocks
Government wants to scrap almost 15,000 procedures that require a seal

Japan woos Germany on Indo-Pacific with first ‘2-plus-2’ talks
Countries pursue greater security cooperation with eye on China

US and Japan plan ‘Belt and Road’ alternative for Indo-Pacific
Biden and Suga to set framework for collaboration on 5G and smart cities

Japan trades words with China over Uyghurs and Hong Kong
Chinese foreign minister Wang says world’s No. 2 and 3 economies need to cooperate

Subaru cuts output by 10,000 vehicles over chip shortage
Assembly lines for Outback and Forester to resume operation by May 10

Shipper Mitsui OSK to invest $1.8bn in decarbonization over 3 years
LNG-fueled tankers feature in plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050

Daiichi Sankyo pours $13bn into new cancer treatments
Drugmaker to build on Enhertu success under new five-year plan

KKR raises $15bn for largest Asia fund
US private equity group to target consumer businesses and carve-outs

Sony puts its tech to the test with step into self-drive EVs
Company aims to leverage sensor expertise as electrics become more popular

Japan’s Persol leads $22.5m investment in Singapore HR startup
Online recruitment company Glints to expand cross-border hiring service

North Korea to skip Tokyo Olympics over COVID-19 concerns
Isolated nation withdrawal crushes hopes for diplomatic talks in Japanese capital

Japan’s Daiei to open unmanned supermarket with Chinese startup
Aeon group retailer cuts cost with fewer sensors developed by Cloudpick