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By setting a deadline, the BOJ hopes to speed up mergers and consolidation of Japan’s 102 regional banks. A law exempting regional bank consolidation from antitrust rules - drafted by the FSA - took effect in November. Policymakers also got a nudge from a recent pledge by new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to focus on consolidating regional banks and revitalising local economies. Some regional banks have already complained the operating target for applying could be too high, as they face headwinds from the coronavirus pandemic. The BOJ says it will spend up to 50 billion yen per year in payouts under the scheme, just 7% of regional banks’ combined annual net profits.
Persons: Kim Kyung, Yoshihide Suga, Organizations: Bank of, Bank of Japan, REUTERS, Financial Services Agency Locations: TOKYO, Bank of Japan, Tokyo, Japan, COVID
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s government cut its view on capital spending in November for the fifth time this year as companies trimmed investment, and said overall economic conditions were still severe due to the coronavirus pandemic. Japan has seen relatively low capital spending growth compared to other major countries over the past 15 years, which is a reflection of the expected growth rate of the domestic market, the official said. Japan needs solid capital spending to offset risks to its export-reliant economy from abroad. The government upgraded its view on output, saying it was picking up due largely to solid car and transport equipment production. It left unchanged its assessment of the other remaining components in the report, such as exports and employment conditions.
Persons: Stringer, , Yasutoshi Nishimura, Yoshihide Suga, ” Nishimura Organizations: REUTERS Locations: TOKYO, Tokyo, Japan
China's Xi wants to build good relations with Suga: China FM
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) + 0.74   time to read: 1 min
TOKYO (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to build good working relations with his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga, China’s foreign minister said on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said he had relayed Xi’s message to Suga in Beijing’s first high-level contact with Japan’s new leader.
Persons: Xi Jinping, Yoshihide Suga, Wang Yi, Suga Locations: TOKYO
FILE PHOTO: Japan's newly-appointed Finance Minister Taro Aso speaks at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonTOKYO (Reuters) - Japan must pursue “wise spending” to back digital transformation and better productivity rather than simply boosting the size of stimulus in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, an advisory panel to Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Wednesday. Next month, the government will compile the draft annual budget for fiscal 2021 and an extra budget for this fiscal year. Japan’s ministries have asked for a record 105.4 trillion yen ($1.01 trillion) in the initial budget for the next fiscal year, which includes responses to COVID-19 after the pandemic triggered the country’s deepest postwar recession. Two extra stimulus budgets compiled so far this fiscal year to tackle the virus will boost overall government spending to 160 trillion yen, or 1.6 times the initial budget.
Persons: Taro Aso, Kim Kyung, TOKYO, Yoshihide Suga, Suga, Organizations: REUTERS Locations: Tokyo, Japan
FILE PHOTO: Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference following his confirmation as Prime Minister of Japan in Tokyo, Japan September 16, 2020. “It’s a display of indecisiveness that gives people a lot of reason to be resentful,” said Sophia University professor Koichi Nakano. “His ratings will decline, almost certainly,” said independent political analyst Atsuo Ito, pointing to the delay in partially pausing the campaign. However, Kyoto University professor Hiroshi Nishiura, an infectious disease expert and member of a government advisory board, said it was clear greater movement of people boosted infection risk. “If the LDP loses a lot of seats, he may be held responsible,” said University of Tokyo political science professor Yu Uchiyama.
Persons: Yoshihide, Yoshihide Suga, Carl Court, Suga, Shinzo Abe, , , Koichi Nakano, Atsuo Ito, Hiroshi Nishiura, Abe, Tetsuro Fukuyama, Yu Uchiyama Organizations: Sophia, , Liberal Democratic Party, Government, Kyoto, Reuters, Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, University of Tokyo Locations: TOKYO, Japan, Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Hokkaido
TOKYO (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday, marking Beijing’s first high-level contact with Japan’s new leader. Japan and China agreed to resume coronavirus-hit business travel this month and to continue talks on disputed isles in the East China Sea. The two-day visit by China’s foreign minister comes amid growing concerns over Beijing’s assertiveness in the region. While Japan’s security strategy is grounded on its alliance with the United States, it has also pursued economic interests through trade with China, its top trading partner. But he reiterated concerns over China’s continuing activity in East China Sea and expressed a worry about political developments in Hong Kong.
Persons: Wang Yi, Yoshihide Suga, Wang, Toshimitsu Motegi, Xi Jinping’s, Beijing’s, Japan’s, Katsunobu Kato, Kato, Suga, , China’s Organizations: Japanese, Australia Locations: TOKYO, Japan, China, East, Tokyo, United States, East China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia
TOKYO (Reuters) - In his first high-level meeting with Beijing, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said stable ties with China were important, as his country pursues a balancing act with its neighbour. Slideshow ( 4 images )On Wednesday, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi met Suga at the end of his two-day trip in Japan, marking the first high-level visit since Suga was elected as new leader in September. “A stable relationship between the two countries is important not only for Japan and China but also for the region and the international community,” Suga told Wang in a meeting that lasted about 20 minutes. Officials in Tokyo including Suga also repeatedly expressed concerns to Wang over developments in Hong Kong, a politically sensitive issue for Beijing. Meanwhile, both sides supported successful Olympic events, the Tokyo Olympics next year, and the Winter Olympics hosted by China in 2022.
Persons: Yoshihide Suga, Wang Yi, Suga, ” Suga, Wang, Beijing’s, Japan’s, Xi Jinping, Xi, , , Toshimitsu Motegi, ” Wang, China’s, Moon Jae Organizations: Australia, Officials, Tokyo Olympics, Winter, South Locations: TOKYO, Beijing, Japanese, China, Japan, United States, Vietnam, Indonesia, East, Tokyo, Hong Kong, South Korea, Seoul
In South Korea, daily infections also rose from a relative lull in late September and October to hover above 300, the highest since late August. Hong Kong, meanwhile, has declared its "fourth wave" of coronavirus infections, after multiple isolated clusters emerged. Its daily cases -- still within single-digits in early November -- exploded over the past week to reach 80 on Tuesday. In the US and Europe, where daily cases are surging by tens of thousands, contact tracing seems not only impossible, but futile. David Nabarro, a World Health Organization (WHO) special Covid-19 envoy, said unlike Europe, Asia did not relax restrictions prematurely.
Persons: Yoshihide Suga, reimposing, David Nabarro, Nabarro Organizations: Shanghai, Shanghai Pudong International, South, Health Organization, WHO, Reuters Locations: South Korea, Hong Kong, China, Shanghai, Tianjin, Mongolia, Asia, United States, Europe, Seoul, Los Angeles County, Shanghai Pudong, Inner Mongolia, Russia, Singapore, Japan, Greece, Croatia
Best-case scenario for Games is venues full of spectators: Tokyo governor
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Jack Tarrant | ) sentiment -0.73   time to read: +2 min
TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said on Tuesday that the best case scenario for the 2020 Olympics postponed until next year is to have venues full of spectators, as organisers wrestle with how to plan for the Games amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Slideshow ( 3 images )With COVID-19 infections on the rise in many countries around the world, Olympics organisers have yet to decide whether to allow spectators into venues next year and if so, how many. Koike, speaking at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, said organisers were still hopeful venues could be filled with spectators when the Olympics begin in July. Although Japan has largely avoided the huge numbers of COVID-19 infections seen in other countries, daily cases in Tokyo rose to records above 500 last week. “It is clear that the movement of people is having an impact on the increase in cases,” Koike said.
Persons: Yuriko Koike, , , Koike, Yoshihide Suga, ” Koike Organizations: Foreign, ’ Club of Japan, Japanese Locations: TOKYO, Tokyo, Japan, Osaka, Sapporo, COVID
FILE PHOTO: China's State Councillor Wang Yi gestures as he meets with Canada's Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne in Rome, Italy, August 25, 2020. TRADEWhile encouraging its companies to diversify supply chains away from China, Japan is getting closer with Beijing through trade agreements. Wang will fly to South Korea after Japan, for talks that will include North Korea. The United States, a key security backer of Japan and South Korea, is going through a drawn-out leadership transition to new president-elect Joe Biden. Experts said Wang’s diplomacy could help lay the groundwork for a trilateral summit with Japan and South Korea to push forward trade partnerships.
Persons: Wang Yi, Francois, Philippe Champagne, Nardi Wang, Yoshihide Suga, Suga, Japan’s, Toshimitsu Motegi, Wang, Motegi, China’s, Biden, , Toshiya Takahashi, Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, , Donald Trump Organizations: China’s, Canada's, REUTERS, Comprehensive Economic, Shoin University, The, Trans, Pacific, U.S Locations: TOKYO, Tokyo, Japan, China's, Rome, Italy, China, United States, Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia, East, Beijing, South Korea, North Korea, The United States
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and China agreed on Tuesday to restart coronavirus-hit business travel this month and to continue talks on disputed isles in the East China Sea, in the first high-level dialogue since Japan picked a new leader in September. “I hope this agreement will contribute to the revitalization of the economies of Japan and China, and promote mutual understanding,” Motegi said. EAST CHINA SEAWhile the maritime dispute over the East China Sea isles called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China remains unresolved, the sides have made tentative moves closer through trade agreements. It was the first multilateral trade deal for China, the first bilateral tariff reduction arrangement between Japan and China, and the first time China, Japan and South Korea have been in a single free-trade bloc. “Out of the bilateral talks, what can be called ‘progress’ is only the easing of business travel curbs between Japan and China,” Takahashi said.
Persons: Wang Yi, Toshimitsu Motegi, Issei Kato, Beijing’s, Toshimitsu, Wang, Yoshihide Suga, Suga, Japan’s, , ” Motegi, China’s, Motegi, , Toshiya Takahashi, ” Takahashi Organizations: China's, REUTERS, Chinese Foreign, Australia, EAST CHINA SEA, East China, Comprehensive Economic, China, Shoin University, Locations: TOKYO, Japan, China, East China, Tokyo, United States, Vietnam, Indonesia, East, Diaoyu, South Korea
China's top diplomat visits Japan amid regional tensions
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( ) + 0.98   time to read: +2 min
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks at a joint press conference with French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Beijing, China on September 13, 2018. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is set to visit Tokyo on Tuesday, marking the first such high-level trip since Japan picked a new leader in September and amid mounting concerns over Beijing's growing assertiveness in the region. Earlier this month, China signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) with other 14 economies including U.S. allies Japan and South Korea, but the United States was not party to the deal. It was the first multilateral trade deal for China, the first bilateral tariff reduction arrangement between Japan and China, and the first time China, Japan and South Korea have been in a single free-trade bloc. Wang will fly to South Korea after Japan, for talks that will include North Korea.
Persons: Wang Yi, Jean, Yves Le Drian, Wang, Yoshihide Suga, Suga, Japan's, Toshimitsu Motegi, Motegi, China's Organizations: French Foreign Affairs, China's, Comprehensive Economic Locations: Beijing, China, Tokyo, Japan, United States, Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, East, South Korea, North Korea
China wants to 'test the waters' with Tokyo visit from its top official, says professorChina's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is likely to discuss economic, climate change and pandemic-related cooperation with Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, says Stephen Nagy from the International Christian University.
Persons: Wang Yi, Yoshihide Suga, Stephen Nagy Organizations: Japan's, International Christian University Locations: China, Tokyo
BTS earn their first Grammy nomination for 'Dynamite'
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Jessie Yeung | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
(CNN) K-pop group BTS, arguably the biggest boy band in the world, earned their first ever Grammy Award nomination on Tuesday for their hit song 'Dynamite.' The group posted a video of their live reaction on Twitter after the announcement, captioned with an excited keyboard smash. It sat atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks -- the first time a K-pop group has achieved this milestone. Many had hoped for a nomination at last year's Grammy's, and voiced outrage on social media when the group was shut out. They weren't the first K-pop group to try to break the overseas market; YG Entertainment's Big Bang has had some success in international music awards and performance charts.
Persons: Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Bon Iver, Justin Bieber, M.C, Grammy's, Suga, it's Organizations: CNN, BTS, Twitter, Recording Academy, YouTube, YG, ARMY Locations: Los Angeles
Since the beginning of November, seven cargo workers and their close contacts at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport have been diagnosed as confirmed coronavirus cases, including two reported on Sunday. But the chaos appeared to have calmed before midnight, when the airport police posted photos on Weibo showing workers lining up orderly for the tests. On Saturday, the US caseload surpassed 12 million -- an increase of more than 1 million cases in less than a week. In Japan, daily coronavirus cases have surpassed 2,000 for five days in a row. The city will also conduct regular coronavirus tests on some 40,000 workers and users of nursing hospitals and daycare centers.
Persons: Donald Trump, Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Moon Jae, Sophia Chan, Yoshihide Suga, Seo Jung Organizations: CNN, Shanghai's, Shanghai, Shanghai Pudong International, French, South, Tianjin Health Commission, Global Times, HK Locations: Shanghai Pudong, Shanghai, United States, Washington, German, China, Tianjin, Wuhan, Qingdao, Russia, Hohhot, Hong Kong, Asia, Japan, South Korea, Seoul
And now they’ve done it again, with a new album recorded entirely during a global pandemic. BTS’ first Korean studio album (following three single albums or EPs in 2013 and 2014), “Dark & Wild,” dropped in 2014, and showcased a heavier rap sound on songs like “힙합성애지 (Hip Hop Phile)” that has carried through the rest of their later work; their first Japanese studio album dropped later that same year. That garnered them a performance slot at the American Music Awards and on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” in 2017. BTS’s popularity despite the America music industry’s xenophobic gatekeeping speaks only to the corporate gatekeepers’ inability to welcome the world in. Music is a universal concept and its representation as such, especially within the United States, has been a long time coming.
Persons: Lil Nas X, SUGA, Jin, , , Dick Clark’s, Rockin, Halsey, Charli, Organizations: , Hope, YouTube, Billboard, BTS, America, “ BE Locations: Korean, United States, , U.S, Washington,
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A virtual summit of Asia Pacific leaders started on Friday with U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in attendance to discuss the coronavirus crisis and global economic recovery amid lingering trade differences. A view shows virtual APEC Economic Leaders Meeting 2020, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 20, 2020. Asia Pacific leaders have called for more open and multilateral trade to support the economic recovery and warned against protectionist trade policies, with Xi saying unilateralism has added to global economic risks. The only time he has joined an APEC summit - held annually - was in 2017. Trump also missed two virtual Asia meetings last week: the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit and the broader East Asia Summit.
Persons: Donald Trump, Xi, Lim Huey Teng, Trump, unilateralism, Muhyiddin Yassin, ” Muhyiddin, Jacinda Ardern, Yoshihide Suga, Vladamir Putin, Justin Trudeau, ” Ardern, Joe Biden Organizations: Reuters, Asia Pacific, U.S, APEC, REUTERS, Economic Cooperation, Trump, Malaysian, New Zealand, Canadian, Pacific Partnership, Regional Comprehensive, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, East Asia Summit Locations: KUALA LUMPUR, Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, United States, China, Russian, Chile, Bogor
Nomura's Japan High Conviction manager, Shintaro Harada, tells Business Insider the strategy behind his 98th percentile returns. Here are the four Japanese stocks Harada is backing and why. Japanese companies are also ideally placed to benefit from Asia's economic headstart on the West. Shintaro Harada runs Nomura Asset Management's Japan High Conviction Fund, which has consistently beaten its benchmark – the TOPIX Index. "Rather, I look for companies that have the strength to sustain the high ROE over a longer term.
Persons: Shintaro Harada, Yoshihide Suga, Harada, Baillie Gifford, Shinzo Abe, Suga, Baillie Gifford's, ROE, I'm Organizations: Nomura, Management Locations: China, Japan, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Scottish
FILE PHOTO: Yoshihide Suga, Japan's prime minister, speaks during a joint news conference with Scott Morrison, Australia's prime minister at Suga's official residence in Tokyo, Japan November 17, 2020. Kiyoshi Ota/Pool via REUTERSTOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) kicked off debates on Thursday on tax incentives next fiscal year to help Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga push his agenda on digitalisation and zero carbon emission backed by private-sector investment. The tax commission also is seen considering extending tax breaks on low-emission vehicles as well as home mortgages to stimulate private consumption which has been hit hard by the health crisis. The tax breaks are expected to target next-generation lithium-ion batteries used for electric vehicles as lower costs of batteries could help electric vehicles replace gasoline cars, domestic media reported. He hopes digital transformation will streamline business and government processes and revive flagging growth.
Persons: Yoshihide Suga, Scott Morrison, Australia's, Kiyoshi Ota, , Akira Amari, Suga Organizations: REUTERS, Liberal Democratic Party Locations: Tokyo, Japan, REUTERS TOKYO
FILE PHOTO: A woman wooing visitors for her restaurant at the Ameya Yokocho market wears a protective face mask following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Tokyo, Japan March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File PhotoTOKYO (Reuters) - Nearly 90% of Japanese companies plan to skip year-end and New Year parties to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a private survey showed on Thursday, underscoring the pain the coronavirus pandemic is inflicting on an already weak economy. In a survey of about 10,000 companies, about 87.8% said they do not plan to hold year-end or New Year parties, according to private think tank Tokyo Shoko Research. In Tokyo, 90.2% of the companies plan to forego holding such parties, the survey showed on Thursday. “While the government is continuing with campaigns to revitalise consumption, companies seem to be focusing on preventing their employees from being infected,” Tokyo Shoko Research said in a report.
Persons: Hannibal Hanschke, Yoshihide Suga, Organizations: REUTERS, Research Locations: Tokyo, Japan, TOKYO, COVID
Japan's capital raises coronavirus alert to highest as cases set record
  + stars: | 2020-11-19 | by ( Chang-Ran Kim | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese capital of Tokyo posted the highest coronavirus alert level on Thursday with its daily tally of new cases set for a record high of more than 500, and its governor warned of much worse unless action is taken. Slideshow ( 2 images )The nationwide tally also hit a new high of 2,201 on Wednesday, according to state broadcaster NHK. The daily tally of new infections in Tokyo were set to hit 534 cases on Thursday, broadcaster TBS reported, surpassing a record 493 the previous day. The city’s highest alert level on a scale of four indicates that “infections are spreading” compared with the previous level of “infections appear to be spreading”. “I ask citizens once again to be vigilant about taking basic precautions,” Suga told reporters, stressing the risk of infections particularly at eateries.
Persons: Yuriko Koike, Yoshihide Suga, ” Suga, Organizations: NHK, Games, TBS Locations: TOKYO, Tokyo, Japan
Passes a Quarter Million Dead, Response Remains Disjointed New York City schools close on Thursday. “The ground is literally shifting under our feet.” New York City, just eight weeks after open its schoolhouse doors, said it was closing them again. —Remote-only learning returns to New York City schools. Unfortunately as of today, on our seven-day rolling average for coronavirus positivity, New York City has hit exactly 3.0 percent. At its highest level of containment efforts, New York State scored an 80 on the index.
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michael barbaro From The New York Times, I’m Michael Barbaro. michael barbaro And what are the general features of these lockdowns that occurred, as you said, pretty much at the same time? michael barbaro Matina, from what you’re describing, this sounds like a continent that is largely accepting this second wave of lockdowns. michael barbaro Right, which means that people are likely to keep following them, because there’s an immediate reward for abiding by these rules. michael barbaro Mitch, is there a version where this patchwork approach can somehow work, that it can flatten the curve?
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Hong Kong (CNN) China has declared Australia must take the blame for "a sharp downturn" in relations between the two countries, with a Foreign Ministry spokesman saying all responsibility is on "some people in Australia (who) tend to regard China's development as a threat." The RCEP, which was signed on Sunday, is a huge trade agreement which brings together 14 countries in the Asia Pacific, including China and Australia, in a massive free trade deal. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian attends a news conference in Beijing on Aug. 28. But Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian made it plain that there was no truce in sight during his daily news conference in Beijing Tuesday. The spokesman denounced Australia for its attempts to crack down on alleged foreign interference in its domestic politics, a campaign Beijing believes was targeted at China.
Persons: Scott Morrison, Cheng Lei, Simon Birmingham, Zhao Lijian, Zhao, Morrison, Yoshihide Suga, Birmingham, Suga, Shinzo Abe Organizations: CNN, Foreign, Australian, Trade, Comprehensive Economic, Foreign Ministry, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Canberra, South China, Australian Defense Force, Self - Defense Forces Locations: Hong Kong, China, Australia, Australian, Asia, Beijing, Xinjiang, Taiwan, Birmingham, Japan, Tokyo, East, South
(CNN) Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said on Monday that he is "very, very confident" spectators will be able to attend next year's postponed Tokyo Games. With the Olympics due to begin on July 23, Bach said he is hopeful that an effective vaccine -- if there is one -- will allow the Games to proceed as close to normal as possible in a "post-coronavirus world." "In order to protect the Japanese people, and out of respect for the Japanese people, the IOC will undertake a great effort so that ... the Olympic participants and visitors will arrive here vaccinated, if by then a vaccine is available," Bach, who was meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, said in Tokyo. He told reporters: "This makes us also very, very confident that we can have spectators in the Olympic Stadium next year, and that also the spectators will ensure a safe environment." However, Bach denied that it would be mandatory for athletes, officials or fans to be vaccinated before being able to participate in the Games.
Persons: Thomas Bach, Bach, Yoshihide Suga, Read Organizations: CNN, International Olympic Committee, Tokyo Games, Games, IOC, Olympic, Japanese Locations: Tokyo
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