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

Nikkei Asian Review (Mar 13, 2021)

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Maskless in Brazil: Chinese vaccine creates pandemic oasis
Sinovac shot may be good enough to yield results despite 50% efficacy


Digital laggard Japan catches up with law against stamping forms
Suga gets serious on a signature policy to speed benefits payments

Hitachi’s incoming president to expand global tech footprint
Promotion of Kojima marks shift toward overseas expansion

Toyota shifts gears in ‘kaizen’ drive to blunt global chip shortage
Automaker weighs break from ‘just-in-time’ supply chains as industry changes

SoftBank to self-finance Vision Fund to cut big investor payouts
Lack of investors for second fund surprisingly helped Japanese group

Ex-Nissan official Kelly denies plot to hide Ghosn’s pay at trial
Defendant says he was only looking to retain talented CEO in first testimony



Japan to restart nuclear reactor beyond 40-year limit in June
Kansai Electric unit received green light to operate up to 20 more years

Japan’s GDP grows 1.8% in March: JCER
Exports and housing investment lift economy for second straight month

Toyota expects 2% profit rise as it shrugs off chip shortage
Japanese auto giant says hybrids and plug-ins will still predominate in 2030

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust aims to cut $12.8bn cross-shareholdings to zero
Japanese bank to start with $2.2bn reduction in 2 years to improve governance

Japan passes laws to set up digital policy agency in September
Exposed by COVID, Suga intends to speed up government digitization

Japan stimulus payments went to savings, not spending
Money failed to boost consumer spending as planned

US Army hunts for bases to deter China but logistics pose hurdle
Acting secretary wants role in finding new Southeast Asian partners via drills and diplomacy

TSE’s landlord faulted by hedge fund for charging rock-bottom rent
Heiwa Real Estate should not fill board with bourse alumni, Hong Kong investor says

Biden picks Rahm Emanuel as ambassador to Japan
Former Chicago mayor and chief of staff to Obama to handle key alliance


Nissan heads for third consecutive loss on chip shortage
Japanese automaker expects red ink to narrow to $550m

Japan embarks on joint military maneuvers with US, France, Australia
Foreign troops practising on Japanese soil sends signal to bearish China

Japan and US defense chiefs to meet in Singapore in June
Tokyo and Washington hope their closer ties will give China pause

Asian shares slide following Wall Street tech sell-off
Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea bench marks weaker on inflation outlook

New chief of Japan business lobby vows to act for all of society
Keidanren’s Tokura says it will ‘not budge in our stance on democracy, human rights’

Japan election set for fall as COVID and Olympics come first
Suga’s performance to impact Biden’s Indo-Pacific strategies

Fanuc regains earning muscle but grapples with investment burden
Robot powerhouse back to 20% profit margin

Biden vows to protect oil, gas and water infrastructure
Cyberattacks up 50% globally as hackers target critical networks

Shionogi says looking to provide COVID-19 vaccine this year
Ministry will make a decision on the vaccine as early as May 20

Hitachi train cracks rattle UK high-speed rail networks
Flaws hit mainstay of Japanese company’s rail operations