TOKYO – Japan asked thousands of people to evacuate their homes on its southern island of Kyushu, media said on Saturday, following unprecedented torrential rains in which 15 people are feared dead and nine missing. With the region facing the risk of further floods and landslides, authorities told 92,200 households in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima to vacate their homes, the Kyodo news agency said. “The heavy rainfall is likely to continue until Sunday,…"Japan evacuates thousands as rains lash southern Kyushu"
TOKYO – Tokyo confirmed about 130 new cases of infections of the coronavirus on Saturday, a third consecutive day with more than 100 new cases, public broadcaster NHK reported. Cases in Tokyo have risen to a two-month high, driven by the spread of the virus in the capital’s night spots. Tokyo on Friday reported 124 new cases, up from 107 the day before, partly due to increased testing among night life workers in the Shinjuku…"Tokyo new coronavirus infections over 100 for third day, NHK says"
TOKYO – A Japanese performance group is starting a run of drive-in horror shows for people who are scared of catching the coronavirus but still want to get close-up frights from ghouls and zombies. Audience members will drive into a garage in Tokyo, one car at a time, and listen to a murder story and sound effects blared out of speakers, as actors dressed as monsters bang on the side of the vehicle and spray…"Tokyo scare squad offers drive-in horror shows amid coronavirus fears"
LONDON – Britain has joined forces with India’s Bharti Global to buy the collapsed satellite operator OneWeb, with the two sides pledging $1 billion between them to develop a constellation that could boost broadband and other services. Under the deal announced on Friday, Britain will invest $500 million and take a significant equity share in OneWeb while Bharti will invest the same amount and provide commercial and operational leadership. The deal means the two sides…"Britain and India’s Bharti win auction for OneWeb satellite company"
ISTANBUL – Seven suspects went on trial in Turkey on Friday over their alleged involvement in former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn’s dramatic escape from Japan to Lebanon via Istanbul at the end of last year. Ghosn, once a titan of the global auto industry, had been arrested in Japan in late 2018 and charged with underreporting his salary and using company funds for personal purposes, charges he denies. The ousted chairman of the alliance of…"Suspects in Ghosn’s Japanese escape stand trial in Turkey"
BEIJING – Japanese automaker Nissan Motor said on Friday its sales in China grew 4.5% in June from a year earlier to 136,929 vehicles, as the world’s biggest auto market recovered from its coronavirus low. China’s auto market, the world’s biggest, is one of Nissan’s focuses as the embattled carmaker struggles to fix problems from ousted leader Carlos Ghosn’s aggressive expansion drive."Nissan’s China sales grew 4.5% in June"
– The United States reported more than 55,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, a new daily global record for the coronavirus pandemic, as infections rose in a majority of states. DEATHS AND INFECTIONS * For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread, open in an external browser. * For a U.S.-focused tracker with state-by-state and county map, open in an external browser. * Eikon users, see MacroVitals (cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?navid=1592404098) for a case tracker and a summary…"Factbox: Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus"
HONG KONG – Tencent Holdings, China’s biggest social media and video game company, launched a new California-based studio this week, as it looks to further expand its presence overseas. The new studio, LightSpeed LA, will be led by former Rockstar veteran Steve Martin and will focus on the development and publishing of AAA titles, Tencent Games’ LightSpeed and Quantum Studios said in a statement to . “We’re ushering in a new era of game culture…"Tencent launches new U.S. game studio for global appeal"
TOKYO – Japan’s industry minister said on Friday the government will consider legal measures to enhance closures of inefficient coal power stations by 2030 in a bid to lower the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Yomiuri daily newspaper reported on Thursday that Japan is looking to suspend or close as many as 100 older, inefficient coal-fired power plants by about 2030, but Hiroshi Kajiyama, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry did not give any numerical…"Japan to consider steps to enhance closure of inefficient coal power plants: industry minister"
TOKYO – There is no need to reintroduce a state of emergency, Japan’s top government spokesman said on Friday, the day after coronavirus cases in Tokyo rose to a two-month high. New daily cases in the capital have exceeded 50 over the last week, with Thursday’s 107 cases a record following the lifting of the state of emergency on May 25. The rise is concentrated among people in their twenties and thirties, Chief Cabinet Secretary…"Japan will not revive state of emergency as Tokyo COVID-19 cases rise"