News Headlines - 31 March 2021

China sharply reduces elected seats in Hong Kong legislature : The Asahi Shimbun

China has sharply reduced the number of directly elected seats in Hong Kong’s legislature in a setback for the territory's already beleaguered democracy movement.
The changes were announced Tuesday after a two-day meeting of China’s top legislature.
The legislature will be expanded to 90 seats, and only 20 will be elected by the public. Currently, half of the 70-seat legislature--35 seats--is directly elected.

Japan Personal Info Commission Inspects Line - JIJI PRESS

The Japanese government's Personal Information Protection Commission on Wednesday conducted an on-site inspection of Line Corp., after an incident in which data of users of the messaging app provider were left available to a Chinese affiliate.
Investigators from the commission visited Line and its parent, Z Holdings Corp., based on the personal information protection law.

Osaka requests stronger anti-virus steps as prefecture reports 599 COVID-19 cases | The Japan Times

Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura asked the central government Wednesday for permission to designate the prefecture's capital as an area that needs stronger anti-virus measures based on a law following a sharp rebound in coronavirus infections.
The governor, who has said the prefecture has already entered a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases, requested measures be implemented for around three weeks from no later than April 5. If granted, Osaka will be the first in the country to enforce binding measures under the law.

Carlyle Group adds former Abe aide to advise on Japan buyouts - Nikkei Asia

U.S. private equity firm Carlyle Group has hired a key member of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's brain trust as a senior adviser at the company's Japanese unit, Nikkei learned Wednesday.
Takaya Imai, whose career in government began at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), is expected advise on areas including industrial policies in Japan and overseas... Imai's network in Japan and abroad and his wide knowledge of industrial policy are expected to help in selecting investment targets and managing businesses.

Sony Buys Paul Simon's Publishing Rights - Rolling Stone

Paul Simon has sold his publishing rights to Sony Music Publishing, the company announced Wednesday - marking the latest blockbuster catalog deal in the booming music-rights acquisition space.
Sony bought the total collection of his catalog, a spokesperson said, but declined to give financial details of the deal... Bob Dylan sold his catalog for nearly $400 million in his deal with Universal Music Publishing Group, sources have told Rolling Stone, while Stevie Nicks reportedly took $100 million in her publishing sale with Primary Wave. Other prominent legacy acts including Neil Young and Lindsay Buckingham have sold their publishing rights this year while Mick Fleetwood sold his recorded rights to BMG.


米顧客取引の損失300億円 三菱UFJ証HD:時事ドットコム


日立、1兆円で米IT新興企業を買収…企業向けサービスを強化 : 読売新聞オンライン


日本のジェンダーギャップ指数120位 過去ワースト2位 | 毎日新聞



「ヴァレンティノ(VALENTINO)」が、Kōki,を起用したキャンペーンムービーを公式サイトやSNSから取り下げた。…… キャンペーンムービーは、寺山修司が監督を務めた映画「草迷宮」をインスピレーション源に撮影。地面に敷かれた着物の帯を想起させる布の上をヒールで歩く様子や、帯を敷いた地面に腰をかけポーズを取る姿のシーンが公開された。SNSでは3月28日頃から「着物の帯の使い方を間違えている」「不愉快です」といった批判が相次いだ。


台湾の日刊紙・聯合報は理由の一つとして、「短編ドキュメンタリー映画」部門にノミネートされている米・ノルウェー合作映画「Do Not Split」(不割席)の存在を挙げている。2019年からの香港民主化運動を記録した作品であり、今年は中国の国営テレビ・中央電視台(CCTV)もアカデミー賞の生中継を行わないことを表明している。

News Headlines - 30 March 2021

Former top prosecutor fined for gambling | NHK WORLD

A Tokyo court has fined a former high-ranking Japanese prosecutor for gambling. He has been in hot water for playing mahjong for money during the first coronavirus state of emergency.
The Tokyo Summary Court on Tuesday ordered Kurokawa Hiromu to pay a fine of about 1,800 dollars.

Racing-boat drivers to return COVID-19 subsidies | NHK WORLD

The Foundation of Japan Motor Boat Racing Association on Tuesday announced that it issued the order following a survey of 1,574 drivers. The foundation says it discovered that 211 of them had received subsidies without properly understanding whom the financial support was intended for.
It says that some drivers applied for subsidies on the grounds that they were adversely affected by race cancellations amid the pandemic.

Last Korean war criminal in Japan dies : The Hankyoreh

The last surviving Korean Class-B/Class-C war criminal from World War II, Lee Hak-rae, died on Monday at the age of 96... Despite being a mere pawn in the war Japan was waging, 129 Korean prison guards were found guilty of abusing POWs in war crimes tribunals organized by the Allies. Of that number, 14 were sentenced to death and executed.
Lee's death sentence was commuted, sparing his life, but he soon would face the merciless opprobrium of society. Koreans denounced him and others like him as "Japanese collaborators," while the Japanese reviled them as "war criminals."

BTS pens statement on racism against Asians, says 'we stand against racial discrimination'

BTS has raised its voice against the ongoing surge of Asian hate crimes. The K-pop group took to Twitter and shared a statement in both Korean and English about the ongoing issue. In the statement, the K-pop group not only condemned the anti-Asian hate crimes in USA but also shared their personal experiences.

Fired, interrogated, disciplined: Amazon warehouse organizers allege year of retaliation

The day after Jonathan Bailey organized a walkout over Covid-19 concerns at an Amazon warehouse in Queens, New York, he was, he said, “detained” during his lunch break by a manager in a black camouflage vest who introduced himself as ex-FBI.
Bailey, who co-founded Amazonians United, a network of Amazon workers fighting for better pay and working conditions, was ushered to a side office and interrogated for 90 minutes, according to testimony filed to the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB.
The manager asked exactly what Bailey had said or done to get his fellow workers to join the walkout. When Bailey declined to explain, the manager shifted his tone. He told Bailey that some people “felt hurt” by what he did and that it “might be seen as harassment,” Bailey said.


アーケゴス問題、背後に緩い「ファミリーオフィス」規制 | ロイター


スエズ運河庁、日本の船主に賠償請求の公算 海運業のリスク分散が裏目 (1/2ページ) - SankeiBiz(サンケイビズ)


ロシア野党指導者周辺で 救命病院の医師また死亡|テレ朝news


WHO報告書、武漢ウイルス研究所からの流出は「非常に考えにくい」…AP通信が草稿入手 : 読売新聞オンライン


五輪チケット払い戻し 米の販売代理店、全額返済に応じない方針― スポニチ Sponichi Annex


News Headlines - 29 March 2021

Traffic in Suez Canal resumes after stranded ship refloated | Al Jazeera

Shipping traffic through Egypt’s Suez Canal resumed on Monday after a giant container ship that blocked the busy waterway for almost a week was refloated.
Live footage on a local television station showed the ship surrounded by tug boats moving slowly in the centre of the canal. The station, ExtraNews, said the ship was moving at a speed of 1.5 knots (2.8kmph).

Myanmar death toll tops 500 as protesters defy junta's forces | Reuters

Myanmar’s security forces have killed at least 510 civilians in nearly two months of efforts to stop protests against a Feb. 1 coup, an advocacy group said on Monday, as thousands of people took to the streets again despite the growing toll.
Another 14 civilians were killed on Monday, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) said, as it also updated figures for previous days. The total killed on Saturday, the bloodiest day so far, had risen to 141, figures showed.

Archegos Liquidation Hit Nomura, Credit Suisse - WSJ

A fire sale of stocks from a large U.S. investor slammed global investment banks Credit Suisse Group AG and Nomura Holdings Inc., which said they could incur substantial losses related to the trades.
Shares in Nomura fell 16%, a record single-day drop. Credit Suisse’s stock tumbled 13%, its biggest fall since last March.
In recent days, losses at Archegos Capital Management, run by former Tiger Asia manager Bill Hwang, have triggered the liquidation of positions approaching $30 billion in value, The Wall Street Journal has reported.

Czech Republic's richest man dies in Alaska helicopter crash | The Guardian

Petr Kellner, the Czech Republic’s richest man, was one of five people killed when their helicopter crashed on a skiing trip in Alaska.
The 56-year-old was among the passengers and pilot killed on Saturday in the crash near Knik glacier north-east of Anchorage, Alaska state troopers said. One survivor was taken to hospital, they said, adding the group had been on a heliski tour.
Kellner avoided public attention but was known to be a keen skier.

Council 'prioritised cost over safety', Grenfell Tower inquiry hears | Grenfell Tower inquiry | The Guardian

The written warning from leaseholder Shah Ahmed to the leaders of the Kensington and Chelsea Tenants Management Organisation (KCTMO) and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), emerged as lawyers for the bereaved and survivors accused the council of an “ethos of indifference or hostility [that] came to permeate the non-negotiable matter of fire safety” and claimed the fire was “a landmark act of discrimination against disabled and vulnerable people”.
In opening statements to the inquiry phase that will examine the actions of the landlords as residents repeatedly raised safety concerns before the 14 June 2017 fire, Michael Mansfield QC, acting for some of the bereaved, claimed the disaster was rooted in a “political climate” fostered by both David Cameron, then prime minister, and Boris Johnson when he was mayor of London.

2021年03月29日のニュース・クリップ : 新型コロナ感染者、退院から5か月後も7割が回復せず 英研究


小惑星「アポフィス」今後100年間は衝突の可能性なし。NASAによる最新の分析結果 | sorae

アメリカ航空宇宙局NASA)は現地時間3月25日、たびたび地球に接近する小惑星「アポフィス(99942 Apophis)」について、少なくとも今後100年間は地球に衝突するリスクがないとする最新の分析結果を発表しました。……直径約340mのアポフィスは2004年に発見されて以来、NEOのなかでも特に衝突の危険性が高い「潜在的に危険な小惑星(PHA:Potentially Hazardous Asteroid)」の一つとして注視されています。アポフィスについては2029年や2036年に地球へ接近する際の衝突リスクはないとされていたものの、2068年に衝突する可能性は否定されておらず、NASAのジェット推進研究所(JPL)が管理する地球近傍天体研究センター(CNEOS)はその確率を15万分の1と見積もっていました。

ゴーン被告「日本人の行動は予測しやすく、システムの隙を突ける」…レバノン逃亡 : 読売新聞オンライン


旧石炭火力発電所を爆破解体、稼働開始から80年余り ドイツ:AFPBB News


元仏代表アンリ氏がSNS使用中止、人種差別への対策強化求め:AFPBB News

サッカー元フランス代表のティエリ・アンリ(Thierry Henry)氏が、インターネット上での人種差別や嫌がらせ行為への対策が強化されるまで、ソーシャルメディアの使用を全てやめると表明した。……アンリ氏は、ツイッターTwitter)をはじめ、フェイスブックFacebook)やインスタグラム(Instagram)で自身をフォローしている合計1480万人に対して、27日をもって全てのSNSから手を引くと宣言した。

News Headlines - 28 March 2021

How Japan could find itself dragged into a conflict between US and China over Taiwan | South China Morning Post

Japan may find itself in the firing line if mainland China attacks Taiwan because of the multiple US bases on its soil, analysts have said... “If Beijing decides to attack Taiwan, PLA generals will have a strong incentive to launch extensive missile strikes on US military bases in Okinawa and Japan, as these are the most powerful forces that could intervene and inflict heavy losses on PLA forces,” said Timothy Heath, a senior security expert from US think tank Rand.

Japan gov't employees party till midnight despite virus restrictions

A group of Japanese health ministry officials partied at a restaurant in Tokyo until around midnight while the metropolitan government's request was in place for eateries to shorten business hours to curb the spread of the coronavirus, a ministry official revealed Monday.
The alleged "farewell" dinner party on March 24 was attended by 23 employees from the Health and Welfare Bureau for the Elderly. Division chiefs were also present at the party held in the capital's glitzy Ginza district, according to the official who expressed remorse for the event.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is expected to penalize those in attendance after verifying the facts, with health minister Norihisa Tamura likely to announce an investigation into the matter at a press conference Tuesday.

Myanmar Air Strike On Thai Border, Troops Kill Dozens Including Children

Myanmar army fighter jets launched air strikes on Saturday on a village near the Thai border in territory controlled by an armed ethnic group, the group said, as fears grow of civil war following last month's military coup.
The Karen National Union (KNU), the armed ethnic group that controls the southeastern region, said fighter jets attacked Day Pu No in Papun district, an area held by its Brigade 5 forces, at around 8 p.m., forcing villagers to flee.

French philosopher Michel Foucault ‘abused boys in Tunisia’ | The Sunday Times

The philosopher Michel Foucault, a beacon of today’s “woke” ideology, has become the latest prominent French figure to face a retrospective reckoning for sexually abusing children.
A fellow intellectual, Guy Sorman, has unleashed a storm among Parisian “intellos” with his claim that Foucault, who died in 1984 aged 57, was a paedophile rapist who had sex with Arab children while living in Tunisia in the late 1960s.

Tantalizing Evidence: Is the Nearest Star Cluster to the Sun Being Destroyed?

Data from ESA’s Gaia star mapping satellite have revealed tantalizing evidence that the nearest star cluster to the Sun is being disrupted by the gravitational influence of a massive but unseen structure in our galaxy.
If true, this might provide evidence for a suspected population of ‘dark matter sub-halos’. These invisible clouds of particles are thought to be relics from the formation of the Milky Way, and are now spread across the galaxy, making up an invisible substructure that exerts a noticeable gravitational influence on anything that drifts too close.