News Headlines - 07 July 2020

Hong Kong police granted sweeping powers under security law - The Mainichi

In implementing the national security law for Hong Kong, police will have sweeping authority that allows them to take actions including conducting searches without a warrant, restricting suspects from leaving the city, and intercepting communications.
Hong Kong's government issued the details of Article 43 in the city's national security law on Monday night, which outlines the measures that the police force can take to implement the legislation in the city.

Japan May real wages fall at quickest pace in nearly five years - Reuters

Japan’s May inflation-adjusted real wages dropped at the fastest pace in nearly five years, government data showed on Tuesday, in a sign of labour market stress as the economy takes a heavy blow from the novel coronavirus pandemic... Real wages, a gauge of household purchasing power, tumbled 2.1% in May from a year earlier, labour ministry data showed, falling at the fastest pace since a 2.8% decline in June 2015.

Japan's household spending slumps by record as curbs hit travel, dining out - Reuters

Japan’s household spending fell at the fastest pace on record in May, as consumers heeded authorities’ calls to stay home to contain the coronavirus pandemic, pushing the world’s third-largest economy deeper into decline... Household spending slumped 16.2% in May from a year earlier, official data showed on Tuesday, falling at the quickest pace since comparable data became available in 2001.
The drop, which was larger than a median market forecast for a 12.2% fall, extended an 11.1% decline in April.

Applications to trademark Japanese anti-plague folklore character Amabie spark criticism - The Mainichi

Companies including major advertising agency Dentsu Inc. and religious corporations have applied to register over 10 trademarks relating to a Japanese folklore creature said to drive away epidemics; but the move has sparked online criticism over using the creature for profit.
The Amabie creature is a mystical "yokai" similar in appearance to a mermaid, and it has enjoyed a popular resurgence since the spread of the novel coronavirus... Dentsu told the Mainichi Shimbun on July 6 that it had withdrawn its application.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tells fans he had lung screening - CNN

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro told supporters gathered outside the presidential palace in Brasilia Monday that he took a Covid-19 exam and that his lungs were screened.
"I've came back from the hospital now, I've done a lung screening, my lung is clean, OK? I went to do a Covid exam a while ago, but everything is okay," he said... The President's office said he expects to receive the results on Tuesday.

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新型コロナ:「エアロゾル」で数十メートルに感染リスク 専門家が警告: 日本経済新聞


仏バス運転手、暴行受け脳死 マスクなし利用者の乗車拒否し:AFPBB News


オランダ、身分証明書の性別記載廃止へ:AFPBB News

オランダのイングリット・ファンエンゲルスホーフェン(Ingrid van Engelshoven)教育・文化・科学相は、身分証明書の性別記載は「不必要な」情報だとして、今後数年以内に廃止する方針を明らかにした。

キリン、「ボルヴィック」の販売今年で終了…国内採水商品人気で苦戦 : 読売新聞オンライン


CNN.co.jp : 映画音楽作曲家のエンニオ・モリコーネ氏が死去、91歳


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News Headlines - 06 July 2020

Heavy rain emergency warning for 3 Kyushu prefs. | NHK WORLD

Japan's Meteorological Agency has issued a heavy rain emergency warning for parts of Fukuoka, Saga, and Nagasaki prefectures in the country's southwestern region of Kyushu. The warning is the highest level on the agency's scale.
The prefectures are experiencing rainfall that hasn't been seen in several decades.
Officials say that serious damage from flooding and landslides is likely.

Seven year coronavirus trail from mine deaths to a Wuhan lab | The Sunday Times

n the monsoon season of August 2012 a small team of scientists travelled to southwest China to investigate a new and mysteriously lethal illness. After driving through terraced tea plantations, they reached their destination: an abandoned copper mine where - in white hazmat suits and respirator masks - they ventured into the darkness.
Instantly, they were struck by the stench. Overhead, bats roosted. Underfoot, rats and shrews scurried through thick layers of their droppings. It was a breeding ground for mutated micro-organisms and pathogens deadly to human beings. There was a reason to take extra care. Weeks earlier, six men who had entered the mine had been struck down by an illness that caused an uncontrollable pneumonia. Three of them died.

DNA Linked to Covid-19 Was Inherited From Neanderthals, Study Finds - The New York Times

A stretch of DNA linked to Covid-19 was passed down from Neanderthals 60,000 years ago, according to a new study.
Scientists don’t yet know why this particular segment increases the risk of severe illness from the coronavirus. But the new findings, which were posted online on Friday and have not yet been published in a scientific journal, show how some clues to modern health stem from ancient history.

Amazon tribe releases hostages after body of leader returned

Amazonian tribe members in Ecuador released six people they had kidnapped to demand the release of the body of a leader killed by the coronavirus, the government said on Saturday.
Two police officers, two soldiers and two civilians were taken captive by the indigenous people on Thursday in the village of Kumay near the Peruvian border.
Their tribal leader who died from Covid-19 was buried according to health guidelines but the body was later exhumed and returned to the people.

Uber confirms it is acquiring Postmates in an all-stock, $2.65B deal | TechCrunch

Uber today announced that it has acquired Postmates in a $2.65 billion, all-stock deal. It plans to run the business alongside its own food delivery business, Uber Eats, keeping the Postmates app running while merging some of the tech and delivery operations at the back end - for example, by having drivers delivering orders for both businesses.
The deal confirms reports that emerged last week, and got re-reported last night with more financial detail, that Postmates and Uber were in negotiations. That deal itself sprung up in the wake of Uber failing to acquire another competitor, Grubhub, which was instead acquired by Europe’s takeout behemoth Just Eat Takeaway for $7.3 billion.

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ティファニー銀座ビル、ヒューリックが取得 孫氏から  :日本経済新聞


台湾の天才IT担当大臣オードリー・タンに訊く、新型コロナウイルスの先にある未来の国家とは - Engadget 日本版


キヤノン電子の衛星載せたロケット、打ち上げ失敗  :日本経済新聞




米歌手カニエ・ウエストさん、大統領選への立候補表明 トランプ氏に挑む:AFPBB News

米大物ラップ歌手のカニエ・ウエスト(Kanye West)さん(43)が4日、今年の米大統領選でドナルド・トランプ(Donald Trump)氏に挑むことを明らかにした。
 米国が独立記念日(Independence Day)を迎える中、ウエストさんはツイッター(Twitter)に、「われわれは今、神を信頼し、われわれのビジョンを統合し、未来を築くことで米国の約束を果たさなければならない。私は米国の大統領選に立候補する! #2020VISION」と投稿した。

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News Headlines - 05 July 2020

Koike wins 2nd term as Tokyo governor, vows to step up virus fight

Gov. Yuriko Koike won a second term in Sunday's Tokyo gubernatorial election, vowing to respond firmly to a second wave of the novel coronavirus and coordinate with the International Olympic Committee over the postponed Olympics and Paralympics now scheduled for 2021.

Hong Kong security law: Pro-democracy books pulled from libraries - BBC News

Books by pro-democracy figures have been removed from public libraries in Hong Kong in the wake of a controversial new security law.
The works will be reviewed to see if they violate the new law, the authority which runs the libraries said.
The legislation targets secession, subversion and terrorism with punishments of up to life in prison.

Twitter and JPMorgan are removing 'master,' 'slave' and 'blacklist' from their code - CNN

Twitter is dropping the terms "master," "slave" and "blacklist" from its code after two engineers lobbied for the use of more inclusive programming language. America's biggest bank, JPMorgan Chase (JPM), is taking similar steps.

Tribeca Partners With Walmart to Expand Drive-In Series | Hollywood Reporter

Shortly after announcing the lineup for its own summer drive-in series, Tribeca Enterprises announced a partnership with Walmart to expand the number and reach of those screenings.
Walmart - which will serve as a presenting partner for Tribeca's drive-in series, launching on July 2 - is transforming 160 of its store parking lots into contact-free drive-in movie theaters, allowing viewers to have a socially distanced big-screen experience amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Walmart screenings will run from August through October with Tribeca programming the films. Additional details will be announced closer to the start of the tour here.

Osaka sisters partner with UNICEF to create charity face mask

wo-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka and her elder sister Mari are utilizing their talents for creative philanthropic work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In collaboration with UNICEF, the tennis players have designed and produced a limited-edition face mask that is now available for purchase, with the proceeds benefitting programming that assists disadvantaged youth in their native Japan.

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新首相にカステックス氏 与党統一選敗北で内閣総辞職―仏:時事ドットコム


仏は植民地支配の謝罪を アルジェリア大統領が表明:時事ドットコム


CNN.co.jp : 米税関、毛髪13トンを押収 中国の強制収容所で虐待か


ドイツが「脱石炭」決定 今後18年で、脱原発も推進


セリエA25得点到達のC・ロナウド、60年ぶりにユヴェントス記録到達!FK弾は移籍後初 | Goal.com


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News Headlines - 04 July 2020

Huawei faces 5G ban in Britain within months

Boris Johnson is poised to begin phasing out the use of Huawei technology in Britain’s 5G network as soon as this year, in a major about-turn, The Telegraph can disclose.
GCHQ is understood to have revised its previous assurance that the risks posed by the Chinese technology giant can be safely managed... The report, by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre, has concluded that the sanctions, which bar Huawei from using technology relying on American intellectual property, has had a “severe” impact on the firm that significantly changes their calculations.

British Army shares video trolling US Army on Independence Day with 'cuppa tea' recipe - Task & Purpose

The British Army has got jokes.
In honor of America's Independence Day of July 4, 1776 - when the American colonists declared independence from Britain - the British Army has shared a short video trolling their American counterparts with the best "cuppa tea" recipe.
Shared on the British Army's official Facebook page, the video shows Cpl. Mark Bulbeck pulling up his tank and then addressing Americans: "On your Independence Day we would like to clarify some confusion that has arisen on how to make the perfect British cup of tea."

Coronavirus: Japan's mysteriously low virus death rate - BBC News

Many paragons of Covid strategy, such as New Zealand and Vietnam, used tough measures including closing borders, tight lockdowns, large-scale testing and strict quarantines - but Japan did none of that.
Yet, five months after the first Covid case was reported here, Japan has fewer than 20,000 confirmed cases and fewer than 1,000 deaths. The state of emergency has been lifted, and life is rapidly returning to normal.
There is also growing scientific evidence that Japan really has contained the spread of the disease - so far.
Telecom giant Softbank carried out antibody testing on 40,000 employees, which showed that just 0.24% had been exposed to the virus. Randomised testing of 8,000 people in Tokyo and two other prefectures has shown even lower levels of exposure. In Tokyo just 0.1% came back positive.

Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo Win 2020 Nathan's Hot Dog Competition - The New York Times

Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo bolstered their impressive resumes on Saturday by setting world records at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog-Eating Contest.
Chestnut scarfed down 75 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to capture the mustard yellow belt for the fifth straight occasion and 13th time in 14 years. The 36-year-old from San Jose, Calif., eclipsed his own record of 74 franks and buns, set in 2018... Sudo, a New York native, secured her seventh straight win in the event and etched her name in the record books by consuming 48.5 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Sudo’s performance bested Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas’ record of 45.

Masahiro Tanaka Struck by Ball as Yankees Take Health Hit - The New York Times

Masahiro Tanaka, a two-time All-Star, lay motionless on the ground after being struck with a ball off the bat of his teammate, the slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Tanaka eventually sat up and walked off the field with two athletic trainers by his side. He was released from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital on Saturday night after being evaluated for concussion-like symptoms.

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ポーランド大統領選、決選投票へ 現職首位も接戦に :日本経済新聞


英 GDP下方修正 約40年ぶりの落ち込み 新型コロナの影響 | NHKニュース


商業捕鯨再開から1年、調査捕鯨時よりも捕獲量激減で価格も下落傾向と散々なことに | BUZZAP!


米シェール老舗チェサピーク破綻 コロナで原油安響く :日本経済新聞


大谷 二刀流登録 他球団より投手1人多く確保のメリット エ軍に「大きな後押し」― スポニチ Sponichi Annex


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News Headlines - 03 July 2020

Japan ruling party seeks cancellation of state visit by China's Xi - The Mainichi

Lawmakers from Japan's ruling party said Friday they will urge the government to cancel Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit, citing concerns over Beijing's crackdown on dissidents in Hong Kong under a new national security law.
Senior members of the Liberal Democratic Party's two committees on foreign affairs drew up a draft resolution decrying the law, which took effect Tuesday and was quickly used to arrest protestors. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leads the party.

Japan's GPIF posts record quarterly loss of $165 billion as virus hits stocks - Reuters

Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the world’s largest pension fund, on Friday reported a record quarterly loss of 17.71 trillion yen ($164.74 billion) in January-March after global stock markets plunged during the COVID-19 pandemic.
GPIF posted a negative return of 10.71% on its overall assets during the three months, compared with a 4.61% gain in the previous quarter, it said in a statement.
The mammoth-size fund, which managed 150.6 trillion yen of assets by end-March, is closely watched by global financial markets.

Japan business sentiment plunges to 11-year low: BOJ Tankan - Nikkei Asian Review

Business sentiment among Japan's large manufacturers has plunged to the lowest level in more than a decade, the Bank of Japan's latest Tankan quarterly survey showed on Wednesday, as the economy struggles to recover from the recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The headline diffusion index of sentiment among large manufacturers fell to minus 34 in June from minus 8 in March, the lowest reading since June 2009.

M'bishi Aircraft logs record $4.89 bil. loss in FY 2019 on jet costs - The Mainichi

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. logged a record loss of 526.9 billion yen ($4.89 billion) in the fiscal year ended March due to costs related to the long-delayed development of Japan's first passenger jet, its earnings report on the government gazette showed Wednesday.
The aircraft-making subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. incurred 464.6 billion yen in excess liabilities, falling into negative net worth for the first time in two years. In fiscal 2018, it posted a net profit of 2.3 billion yen, thanks to a capital injection of some 220 billion yen by the parent company.

Disney: Tokyo Disneyland, DisneySea reopen after COVID-19 closure

More Disney parks have reopened amid the coronavirus pandemic, this time in Tokyo, as U.S. Disney parks grapple with their own reopening plans.
Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea reopened after being closed for four months due to the coronavirus pandemic, with hundreds of visitors applauding as they were let in Wednesday.
The two parks have new guidelines, including limiting the number of entrants in three shifts to maintain social distancing. No handshakes, hugging or photos taken with Mickey Mouse and other characters are allowed.

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ジョンソン首相、香港の300万人にイギリス市民権への道示す - BBCニュース


チリから仏移送は7月23日 筑波大生不明の容疑者 - 産経ニュース


独自ハイオク、実態は混合 元売り5社、タンク共用 - 毎日新聞


米大統領、横田滋さん死去で書簡 「悲しみに暮れている」と家族に


エプスタイン被告の元恋人を逮捕・起訴 少女虐待ほう助:AFPBB News

未成年の少女らを性的目的で人身取引したとして起訴され、勾留中に自殺した米富豪のジェフリー・エプスタイン(Jeffrey Epstein)被告の元交際相手で英国人ソーシャライト(社交界の名士)のギレーヌ・マックスウェル(Ghislaine Maxwell)容疑者(58)が2日、米国で逮捕され、同被告に少女らをあっせんしたとして起訴された。
 元英新聞王ロバート・マックスウェル(Robert Maxwell)氏の娘であるマックスウェル被告は、昨年夏にエプスタイン被告が自殺して以降、行方がわからなくなっていた。米連邦捜査局(FBI)ボストン支局はAFPの取材に対し、マックスウェル被告を2日午前8時半、米東部ニューハンプシャー州ブラッドフォード(Bradford)で逮捕したと説明。

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