2020.06.02

News Headlines - 02 June 2020

Tokyo issues coronavirus alert after 34 new daily cases reported | The Japan Times

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government re-sounded the alarm for the capital after 34 new coronavirus infections were confirmed in the city Tuesday, a day after it eased business closure requests for sports gyms and department stores... Officials say the brief rise in new cases can largely be attributed to nosocomial infections as well as people partaking in nightlife activities in the Shinjuku area.
To convey the alert, the Rainbow Bridge on Tokyo Bay and the metropolitan government’s city offices were illuminated in red from 11 p.m.

South Korea to resume WTO complaint over Japan's export controls | The Japan Times

South Korea said Tuesday it will reopen its complaint at the World Trade Organization over Japan's tightened export controls, saying Tokyo has not shown willingness to settle the ongoing bilateral trade dispute.
South Korea's Trade, Industry, and Energy Ministry had given its Japanese counterpart until the end of May to respond to its calls for withdrawing the export controls.
In July last year, Japan tightened controls on shipments to South Korea of three key materials that are critical for the latter's chip and display-panel industries. Japan also removed its neighbor from a whitelist of trusted trade partners, citing inadequacies in its handling of sensitive exports.

Argentina Delays Debt Deadline As Talks Zero In On Deal

Argentina said it would extend the deadline for creditors to accept an initial debt restructuring proposal as bondholders and officials hammer out a deal to restructure $65 billion in international debt.
The country said it would postpone the deadline until June 12 at 5pm ET, and that it would weigh additional changes to the offer after an International Monetary Fund report said the country had some room to improve itl, according to an emailed statement from the Economy Ministry.

State of emergency in Norilsk after 20,000 tons of diesel leaks into Arctic river system

A state of emergency was introduced in Norilsk, Russia’s nickel capital, after almost 20,000 tons of diesel burst out of a reserve fuel tank at the TPP-3 industrial site.
The fuel was stored there to ensure continuous supply to the power plant in case of an interruption in gas supplies.
The leak was on 29 May in the Kayerkan district of Norilsk, and the pictures show its dramatic impact.
The exact reason of the leak is yet to be established, but a statement from Norilsk Nickel company, which operates the site suggests it could have been caused - worryingly - by collapsing permafrost.

Coronavirus: Queen pictured outside for first time since lockdown - BBC News

The 94-year-old monarch was pictured on a 14-year-old Fell Pony called Balmoral Fern over the weekend.
She regularly rides in the grounds of Windsor, which is said to be her favourite royal residence.
The Queen has been isolating there with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, 98, and a small number of staff.

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