Saturday, February 27, 2021

Japan

Japan replaces ‘sexist’ Olympics president with female athlete

She now faces difficult questions with only a few months to go before the Olympics’ delayed start.

Quad allies call for return of democracy in Myanmar

US President Joe Biden has said working closely with allies will be key to his strategy toward China,

Japan’s ruling party wants more women at meetings, so long as they don’t talk

Its attempt to include women at meetings has generated a chorus of Twitter disapproval.

Japan starts vaccine rollout with healthcare workers

Japan has so far approved only the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and started administering the first shots at a Tokyo hospital on Wednesday morning.

Japan economy shrank nearly 5% in 2020 due to Covid-19

Financial experts expect the country's recovery to struggle because it lags behind western economies in vaccine distribution.

Japan turns to cuddly toys to boost Lunar New Year sales without Chinese tourists

Japan is feeling the loss of Chinese tourists who normally come to stock up on expensive gifts for Chinese New Year.

Japan pledges safe Olympics, medical experts aren’t so sure

Organisers point to the success of other sports events during the pandemic, but experts note the Olympics will be on an entirely different scale.

Tokyo Olympics boss refuses to resign over sexist remarks

Mori's comments, in which he said women speak too much in meetings, are the latest headache for organisers already battling public disquiet about the pandemic-postponed Games.

Japan says EU export curbs delaying Covid-19 vaccination plan

With less than six months until the pandemic-postponed Tokyo Olympics, Japan has yet to set out when it will vaccinate its population of 126 million people, although it hopes to give the first doses later in February.

Japan to produce 90 million AstraZeneca Covid-19 shots as Olympics loom

Japan lags behind most major economies in starting inoculations due to its dependence on overseas makers and a requirement that the vaccines undergo domestic trials.

Tokyo MPs rave it up in nightclubs while electorate stays in, obeying emergency laws

PM Suga apologises after lawmakers visit restaurants and night clubs in defiance of their own rulings.

With 6 months to go, cancellation fears cloud Tokyo Olympics

A poll this month found 80% of respondents opposed hosting the event this year, with 35% favouring outright cancellation and 45% calling for further postponement.

Other News

AmBank to pay RM2.83 billion settlement over 1MDB scandal

This is in addition to the RM53.7 million penalty imposed by Bank Negara Malaysia and paid by AmBank Group.

AmBank bayar Putrajaya RM2.83 bilion disebabkan penglibatan dalam skandal 1MDB

Pembayaran ini akan menguntungkan rakyat Malaysia kata Menteri Kewangan Tengku Zafrul Aziz.

Palm oil churns trouble in Canadian ‘hard butter’ puzzle

The pandemic has increased demand for butter, so farmers are feeding extra palm oil derivatives to their cows to produce more milk fat.

Kes Covid-19 kembali melebihi 2,000, 11 kematian baru

11 lagi kematian dicatatkan menjadikan jumlah 1,111 kes.

Daily cases back over 2,000, death toll up by 11

2,253 new cases, 3,085 recoveries.