News Headlines - 07 August 2020

Abe vague and brief at first news conference in nearly 50 days : The Asahi Shimbun

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s first news conference in nearly 50 days lasted for only 15 minutes and came amid criticism that he has been missing in action during the resurgence of novel coronavirus infections... Also on Aug. 6, The Asahi Shimbun lodged a formal protest with the Press Office of the prime minister’s office over a male staff member who grabbed the arm of an Asahi reporter who was trying to ask Abe a question.

Japan's NHK to combine channels, cut back on AM radio under new plan - The Mainichi

Japanese public broadcaster NHK on Aug. 4 disclosed its midterm business draft plan for fiscal 2021-2023 that specifies reducing satellite TV and AM radio channels and cutting back 63 billion yen (about $597 million) in expenditure over three years, among other proposals... NHK will combine its BS1 and BS Premium satellite TV channels, and is considering also including BS4K later on. It will also combine NHK radio 1 and 2 into one. The specific date of reduction will be revealed in the future. The broadcaster will mull what to make of BS8K after the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games that are scheduled to be held next summer.

Toyota profit sinks 74% on 40% drop in revenue - MarketWatch

The Japanese auto maker said it booked net profit of 158.84 billion yen ($1.50 billion) for the quarter ended June, compared with net profit of Y619.13 billion a year earlier... First-quarter revenue dropped 40% to Y4.601 trillion.
Operating profit fell 82% to Y77.4 billion for Japan and dropped 61% to Y42.8 billion for Asia excluding Japan, while its North American operations posted Y68.5 billion loss, compared with Y112.6 billion profit a year earlier.

Japan curry chain operator Ichibanya opens 1st restaurant in India - The Mainichi

Japanese curry restaurant chain operator Ichibanya Co. opened its first eatery in India near the capital New Delhi on Monday hoping to tap into the market with a population of over 1.3 billion, the second largest in the world.
The outlet was initially scheduled to open in spring, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Ichibanya, operator of CoCo Ichibanya curry restaurants in Japan and abroad.
Since a vast majority of people in India do not eat beef and pork based on their religious beliefs, the restaurant's menu is based on dishes using chicken, seafood and vegetables, the company said.

Foreign Office cat Palmerston retires to countryside - BBC News

In a "letter", he says he has moved away from Whitehall and is now climbing trees rather than "overhearing all the foreign dignitaries' conversations".
The black-and-white rescue cat, who has more than 105,000 Twitter followers, arrived from Battersea in 2016.
He has been known to clash with Larry, Number 10's main mouse-catcher.

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NY州が全米ライフル協会を提訴、解散要求|TBS NEWS
銃を持つ権利を擁護し、「アメリカ最強のロビー団体」といわれるNRA(全米ライフル協会)をめぐって、ニューヨーク州は会長らが資金を私的に流用した疑いがあるとして、協会の解散を求めて提訴しました。  ニューヨーク州は6日、裁判所にNRAの解散を求める訴訟を起こしたことを明らかにしました。ニューヨーク州によりますと、会長をはじめとする幹部は、NRAの資金を使い、プライベートジェットでカリブ海のバハマに家族旅行をするなど不正を繰り返し、この3年間で少なくとも6400万ドル(日本円で67億円あまり)を私的に流用した疑いがあるということです。
トランプ氏、「TikTok」「微信」との取引禁止-大統領令 - Bloomberg
ロシアによる英政府機密文書不正入手、関係者2人が証言 - ロイター
昨年12月の英総選挙に先立ち、フォックス前国際貿易相の電子メールアカウントからロシアのハッカーが英政府の対米貿易関係の機密文書を盗み出し、政治工作に利用していたことが、2人の関係者によるロイターへの証言で改めて裏付けられた。 この機密文書漏えい問題は、ロイターが昨年初めて伝えていた。今回の関係者の話では、フォックス氏への不正アクセスは昨年7月12日から10月21日までの間、複数回にわたる。盗まれたのはフォックス氏が国際貿易相を辞任した7月24日の前だったのかどうかは分かっていない。 ラーブ英外相は先月、漏えいの事実を認めた上で、ロシア側が違法な形で入手した英政府の文書をインターネットで拡散させることを通じ、総選挙に介入を試みたとの見方を示した。
EU、レバノン支援に41億円 国家再建も手助け:時事ドットコム
英アストラゼネカのワクチン供給、21年初めから :日本経済新聞
加藤勝信厚生労働相は7日、英製薬大手アストラゼネカが開発を進めている新型コロナウイルスのワクチンについて、1億2千万回分の供給を受けることで基本合意したと発表した。供給は2021年初めに始まり、3月までに3千万回分を確保する計画だ。同年夏の東京五輪・パラリンピック開催を意識した。 アストラゼネカは英オックスフォード大学とワクチンを開発しており、9月にも実用化をめざす。

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News Headlines - 06 August 2020

Japanese population shrinks by record 500,000 - Nikkei Asian Review

The number of Japanese citizens fell by 505,046 last year, the steepest decline in data going back to 1968, official figures released Wednesday show.
The tally sank for an 11th consecutive year in 2019 to 124.27 million as of Jan. 1, according to an annual government survey based on the national resident registry. The natural decline, or the difference between deaths and births, came to an all-time high of 511,998.
Just 59.3% of Japanese nationals were in the working-age range of 15 to 64, the smallest share on record. With the population steadily graying, measures by both the public and private sectors -- such as higher retirement ages -- that encourage seniors to continue working will be needed to keep the economy growing.

U.S. didn't have to drop atomic bombs on Japan to win war - Los Angeles Times

The accepted wisdom in the United States for the last 75 years has been that dropping the bombs on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and on Nagasaki three days later was the only way to end the World War II without an invasion that would have cost hundreds of thousands of American and perhaps millions of Japanese lives. Not only did the bombs end the war, the logic goes, they did so in the most humane way possible.
However, the overwhelming historical evidence from American and Japanese archives indicates that Japan would have surrendered that August, even if atomic bombs had not been used - and documents prove that President Truman and his closest advisors knew it.

Nintendo profits jump 400% thanks to the Switch and 'Animal Crossing' - CNN

The company said it made 145 billion yen ($1.37 billion) in operating profit for the quarter ended June, marking a 428% surge compared to the same time a year ago. That blew away expectations from analysts, who had estimated about 62 billion yen of profit, according to data provided by Refinitiv.
Nintendo also doubled sales from a year ago, taking in about 358 billion yen ($3.4 billion).
The results show that months into the pandemic, people are still turning to the Nintendo Switch game console in droves. Nintendo sold about 5.7 million of the devices from April through June, marking a 167% increase year-over-year.

Sony to develop satellite with University of Tokyo and JAXA | The Japan Times

Sony Corp. said Wednesday that it will develop a satellite jointly with the University of Tokyo and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA.
The Japanese company will develop a camera for use in a satellite that can be controlled remotely from Earth in real time.
It aims to use images captured by the camera, such as those of outer space and Earth, in its entertainment business.

News Corp posts wider loss as coronavirus pummels advertising revenue | Fox Business

The New York-based company, which owns the Journal, HarperCollins Publishers and newspapers in the U.K. and Australia, said its fiscal fourth-quarter loss was $397 million, or 67 cents a share, compared with a loss of $51 million, or 9 cents a share, a year earlier. The wider loss was partly due to noncash impairment charges of $292 million and higher restructuring costs related to the coronavirus crisis, News Corp said.

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茂木外相が訪英 帰国後隔離なし、首相外遊向け前例づくりか:東京新聞 TOKYO Web


米中対立、報道でも再燃 中国人記者のビザ更新で :日本経済新聞


トランプ氏の関連企業を詐欺容疑で捜査か NY連邦地検:朝日新聞デジタル


英雄が一転、国を脱出 スペイン前国王の「栄光と凋落」(ロイター)


米コダック株にインサイダー疑惑 コロナ薬開発巡り :日本経済新聞


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News Headlines - 05 August 2020

Massive blast rips through Beirut, killing 78 and injuring thousands - Reuters

A powerful blast in port warehouses near central Beirut storing highly explosive material killed 78 people, injured nearly 4,000 and sent seismic shockwaves that shattered windows, smashed masonry and shook the ground across the Lebanese capital... President Michel Aoun said that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, used in fertilisers and bombs, had been stored for six years at the port without safety measures, and said it was “unacceptable”.
He called for an emergency cabinet meeting on Wednesday and said a two-week state of emergency should be declared.

1/3 Brazilian ministers contract coronavirus | NHK WORLD

An increasing number of Brazilian government officials have been infected with the coronavirus, including one-third of the Cabinet ministers.
Eight ministers have tested positive so far, such as the chief of staff, education minister, energy minister, and science minister. The wife of President Jair Bolsonaro also contracted the virus.
The president confirmed in early July that he had the virus. But since testing negative later last month, he has traveled around Brazil urging people not to be afraid of the virus.

Osaka to study gargle for anti-virus effects | NHK WORLD

Yoshimura said doctors instructed about 40 coronavirus patients to gargle with a mouthwash containing an antiseptic, povidone iodine, four times a day in June and July. The patients had mild or no symptoms and were quarantined at designated accommodations.
Among patients who used the mouthwash, only nine percent tested positive for the coronavirus in PCR tests conducted on the fourth day. Forty percent of those who didn't use it tested positive.
The prefecture plans to launch a study involving about 1,000 patients with mild or no symptoms to find out the efficacy of the gargle against the virus.

South Korean court moves closer to sale of Japanese steel-maker assets | The Japan Times

A South Korean court on Tuesday gained the right to order the sale of assets belonging to a Japanese steel-maker over a 2018 top court wartime forced labor compensation order that has roiled ties between the two countries.
Monday was the last day before the Daegu District Court's Pohang branch could legally consider court documents regarding its seizure of the Nippon Steel Corp. assets, by way of publishing them on its website for the last two months.
The court is expected to begin considering in earnest the ordering of the assets' sale to pay each of the four Korean plaintiffs the 100 million won (¥8.9 million) in damages the Supreme Court found they are entitled to receive.

Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow convicted of assembly charges over police HQ siege - The Mainichi

A Hong Kong court on Wednesday convicted prominent activist Agnes Chow of rallying in an unauthorized protest that saw thousands of protesters besieging the police headquarters amid a rising anti-government movement last year.
The West Kowloon Magistracy convicted Chow, 23, of taking part in and inciting others to join an unauthorized assembly on June 21 last year, where a crowd rallying at the legislature complex protesting against a proposed China extradition bill and police brutality against protesters in past demonstrations moved to blockade the nearby police headquarters.

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ベイルート大規模爆発 ゴーン容疑者の住宅も被害か ブラジル紙 | NHKニュース


ウイグル族のモデル、中国の収容施設から動画 BBCが入手 - BBCニュース


米厚生長官が台湾訪問へ 断交後で最高位 :日本経済新聞


スウェーデンGDP、8.6%減 経済優先でも過去最悪―4~6月期:時事ドットコム


大谷、今季は投手復帰せず 「打撃妨げない」―米大リーグ・エンゼルス監督:時事ドットコム


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News Headlines - 04 August 2020

Japan gov't says no problem with Abe's health after blood-vomiting report

The top Japanese government spokesman denied Tuesday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been in poor health following a report in a weekly magazine that said the premier had vomited blood at his office in July... The latest edition of the weekly magazine Flash, which hit newsstands Tuesday, said speculation is rife that Abe vomited blood on July 6, pointing out that the premier's schedule showed no activity for about five hours that afternoon.

SoftBank Group failed to declare ¥40 billion in taxable income in fiscal '18 | The Japan Times

SoftBank Group Corp. said Tuesday it had failed to declare about ¥40 billion ($377 million) in taxable income in the business year through March 2019... Of the ¥40 billion, about ¥17 billion was underreported after the group miscalculated the yen value of a dollar-denominated debt it owed to a subsidiary in Japan by applying an incorrect foreign exchange rate, the sources said.
The authorities also did not accept SoftBank Group’s booking of about ¥14 billion as expenses for reward payments to an overseas subsidiary that manages the SoftBank Vision Fund, a venture capital fund focused on the technology sector, the sources said.

Lord & Taylor, Oldest U.S. Department Store, Files For Bankruptcy : NPR

Lord & Taylor, the oldest U.S. department store chain, has joined the cascade of retailers tumbling into bankruptcy during the coronavirus pandemic. Sunday's filing comes less than a year after Lord & Taylor was acquired by an online clothing-rental startup called Le Tote... At almost 200 years old, Lord & Taylor is credited with launching the first personal shoppers in the 1950s and even inventing the department store window display in the 1930s, featuring bleached cornflakes for snowflakes.
Selling itself to a 7-year-old startup was the company's last-ditch effort to bounce back. Last year, before the sale to Le Tote, Lord & Taylor had closed its flagship store on Manhattan's 5th Avenue and sold the iconic building to WeWork.

News Corp: Rupert Murdoch's son James quits company - BBC News

Mr Murdoch has previously criticised News Corp outlets, which include the Wall Street Journal, for climate change coverage.
In recent years James Murdoch has also found himself at odds - politically - with his father, BBC North America correspondent David Willis says.
Whilst Murdoch Senior has pledged support for Donald Trump, James Murdoch has reportedly contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the campaign of Mr Trump's Democratic rival, Joe Biden.

Neil Young Sues To Stop Trump From Using His Songs : NPR

One of America's most beloved musicians, Neil Young, has filed a civil lawsuit against President Trump's reelection campaign. Young's mission: to get Trump supporters to stop rocking out to "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Devil's Sidewalk" at his campaign events and rallies.
The copyright infringement lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in New York, was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter and is available to read in full on Young's website.

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TikTok買収不成立なら禁止 期限は9月、米大統領が交渉容認 | 共同通信


サルビーニ前副首相、免責剥奪 難民上陸阻止、裁判に―イタリア:時事ドットコム


CNN.co.jp : 病菌が操る「ゾンビゼミ」、腹部脱落したまま飛行 交尾で感染拡大


テイラー・スウィフト 史上初の全米シングル&アルバムチャート初登場1位/デイリースポーツ online

テイラーの最新シングル「cardigan」が8月8日付の全米シングルチャートで1位、最新アルバム「フォークロア」が同アルバムチャートで1位を獲得したもので、テイラーはこれにより、全米シングルチャート(ビルボードHot 100)と全米アルバムチャート(ビルボードHot 200)で同時に初登場1位を果たした史上初のアーティストになった。

マー君、7年連続モモクロ新曲で登場!楽曲制作ファンキー加藤も歌に参加― スポニチ Sponichi Annex

メジャー7年目に挑むヤンキース・田中将大投手(31)の今季の登場曲が、ももいろクローバーZの「On Your Mark」に決まったことが2日、発表された。……田中は楽天時代からももいろクローバーZの楽曲を登場曲に使用し、14年のメジャー移籍後は毎年オリジナル制作された新曲を使用してきた。

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News Headlines - 03 August 2020

Bill Clinton Went to Jeffrey Epstein's Island With 2 'Young Girls,'; Virginia Giuffre Says

In recently unsealed court documents involving dead child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell, a woman named Virginia Giuffre, who publicly accused Epstein of sex trafficking, said that she once saw former Democratic President Bill Clinton on Epstein's island with "two young girls" from New York.

Alstom gains EU okay to acquire Bombardier's rail business - Reuters

France’s Alstom SA (ALSO.PA) clinched EU antitrust approval on Friday to acquire Canadian rival Bombardier Inc’s (BBDb.TO) rail business in a deal that will elevate it to the world’s second-largest rail maker after China’s CRRC Corp (601766.SS).
Alstom’s success in gaining EU clearance for the deal valued up to 6.2 billion euros ($7.4 billion) contrasted with its failed attempt last year to combine its rail assets with Siemens AG (SIEGn.DE), which was vetoed by regulators because the companies refused to offer more concessions.

KLM to cut workforce by up to 5,000 as passenger numbers plunge 95% - DutchNews.nl

KLM is to cut its workforce by between 4,500 and 5,000 full time jobs in the coming years as income plummets due to the coronavirus crisis, the Dutch flag carrier said on Friday.
Some 1,500 temporary contracts will not be renewed and some 2,000 jobs will go through a voluntary redundancy scheme. But some 1,500 people will lose their jobs, including ground, cabin, cockpit crew and administrative workers.
The airline has been hit by a 95% drop in passenger numbers and booked an operating loss of €493m in the second quarter of the year. This takes the first half loss to around €800m, and, according to chief executive Pieter Elbers, the worst result in the company’s history.

Iraq prime minister calls early elections for June 2021 | Al Jazeera

Iraq will hold its next parliamentary elections nearly a year early, in June 2021, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has announced.
"June 6, 2021, has been fixed as the date for the next legislative elections," he said on Friday in a televised speech... Al-Kadhimi came to power in May after months of protests forced his predecessor to resign.
The next parliamentary elections had originally been due to take place in May 2022. Iraq's parliament must still ratify the election date.

Buenos Aires Times | A decade on, hero Chilean miners are bitter and divided

A decade ago, 33 Chilean miners became a symbol of hope and solidarity after surviving for more than two months trapped deep underground in the Atacama desert. Today, the men are at odds, mired in trauma, illness, jealousy and bitterness.

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WHO事務局長「影響は今後数十年に及ぶ」 声明を発表 - 毎日新聞


セブン&アイ、米コンビニ「スピードウェイ」2・2兆円で買収…米での事業拡大狙う : 読売新聞オンライン


米軍、ドイツ駐留の1万2000人削減へ 「戦略的」再配置 - BBCニュース


レイプ疑惑の内相に批判 任命の大統領にも矛先―仏:時事ドットコム


F1イギリスGP決勝速報:終盤に大波乱! ハミルトンがタイヤを引きずりながら優勝。レッドブル・ホンダのフェルスタッペンは2位表彰台


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