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via voanews08/12/2020

Asian Markets Lower, Europe Mixed as Investors Await New US Coronavirus Relief Bill - Voice of America

The continued stalemate in Washington over a new coronavirus relief package sent Asian markets mostly lower Wednesday.  Tokyo’s Nikkei index ended the day’s trading session 0.4% higher.  The S&P/ASX index in Sydney dropped 0.1%.  Seoul’s KOSPI index is up 0.5%, and the TSEC index in Taipei is down 0.8%.    In late afternoon trading, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng is up 1.1%, Shanghai’s Composite is down 0.6%, and Mumbai’s Sensex is down 0.1%.   European markets have begun the day in mixed territory.  The FTSE index in London is up 0.5% and the CAC-40 in Paris is up 0.1%, while the DAX in Frankfurt is down

via japantoday08/11/2020

Man who feigned coronavirus at town hall gets suspended sentence - Japan Today

A court found a 38-year-old man guilty Tuesday for obstructing business at a town hall in April by acting like a person infected with the coronavirus and attempting to spread it to workers. The Nagoya District Court gave Norikazu Kita an 18-month prison term, suspended for three years, with Presiding…

via english.kyodonews.net08/11/2020

Japan gov't to appeal ruling on A-bomb "black rain" victims - Kyodo News Plus

The Japanese government has decided to appeal a recent court ruling awarding state health care benefits to people who were exposed after the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima to radioactive "black rain" outside a zone it currently recognizes, according to sources with knowledge of the situation

via .nhk.or.jp08/11/2020

Coronavirus conundrum for rural community leaders - NHK WORLD

“Once the central government’s ‘Go To Travel’ campaign kicks off, the coronavirus could spread nationwide. If infections continue to increase because of it, that would be a disaster man-made by the government.” That’s according to Miyashita Soichiro, the mayor of Mutsu City in Aomori Prefecture. He was speaking at a meeting of the city’s anti-coronavirus task force on July 13.

via japantoday08/09/2020

U.S. response to coronavirus met with incredulity abroad - Japan Today

The United States’ failure to contain the spread of the coronavirus has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe, as the world’s most powerful country edges closer to a global record of 5 million confirmed infections. Perhaps nowhere outside the U.S. is America’s bungled virus response viewed with more…

via japantoday08/07/2020

Perez to miss 2nd F1 race after positive coronavirus test - Japan Today

Sergio Perez will miss a second Formula One race at Silverstone this week after again testing positive for the coronavirus. The Mexican driver had hoped to return after spending seven days in quarantine, but his Racing Point team said Friday morning he had tested positive. “He is physically well and…

via endpts08/07/2020

Covid-19 roundup: Gates Foundation pours $150M into India's Serum Institute; Pfizer teams with Gilead on remdesivir - Endpoints News

By CEO and scion Adar Poonawalla’s estimation, the Serum Institute in India has already poured hundreds of millions of dollars into scaling up the unproven Covid-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford for use in low and middle income countries. It’s meant taking on a risk that other companies,

via japantoday08/12/2020

Soccer match postponed following positive coronavirus tests - Japan Today

Sanfrecce Hiroshima said on Wednesday that their Levain Cup fixture against Sagan Tosu scheduled for later in the day has been postponed after several members of Sagan Tosu's staff tested positive for novel coronavirus. The decision, announced less than five hours before the scheduled kickoff time of 7 p.m., comes…

via japantoday08/11/2020

White House, congressional Democrats go 4th day without coronavirus talks - Japan Today

A stalemate between the Republican White House and congressional Democrats over coronavirus relief ended in a fourth day without talks on Tuesday, with each party blaming the other for intransigence. The lack of progress was confirmed separately by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.…

via houstonchronicle08/10/2020

List 4/4 of sports events affected by coronavirus pandemic - Houston Chronicle

SOFTBALL Men’s World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand from Feb. 20-28, 2021 postponed to Feb. 19-27, 2022. SUMO Spring Basho in Osaka from March 8-22, no spectators. Summer Basho in Tokyo from May 10-24 postponed to May 24-June 7, canceled. Nagoya Basho from July 5-19 moved to Tokyo from July 19-Aug. 2. SURFING World Surfing Games in El Salvador from May 9-17 postponed to June 6–14 postponed to May 8-16, 2021. TABLE TENNIS World team championships in Busan, South Korea from March 22-29 postponed to June 21-28 postponed to Sept. 27-Oct. 4 postponed to Feb. 28-March 7, 2021. World championships in Houston from June 17-26, 2021 postponed. Asian Cup in Hainan, China from Feb. 28-March 1 postponed. Polish Open in Gliwice from March 11-15, from March 13, Day 3 of 5, suspended. Italian Open in Riccione from April 1-5 postponed. Caribbean championships in Havana from April 3-8 suspended. Asian Olympic qualifying tournament in Bangkok from April 6-12 postponed to 2021. European Olympic qualifying tournament in Moscow from April 8-12 postponed to 2021. Latin American Olympic qualifying tournament in Rosario, Argentina from April 15-19 postponed to 2021. Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament in Brisbane, Australia from April 19-20 postponed to 2021. Japan Open in Kitakyushu on April 21-26 canceled. Slovenia Open in Otocec from April 22-26 postponed. Hong Kong Open from May 5-10 postponed. South American championships in Cucuta, Colombia from May 6-10 suspended. Central American championships in San Jose, Costa Rica from May 12-16 suspended. China Open in Shenzhen from May 12-17 postponed. South Korea Open in Busan on June 16-21 suspended. Australian Open in Geelong on June 23-28...

via english.kyodonews.net08/10/2020

Japan coronavirus infections top 50,000 as pace of spread increases - Kyodo News Plus

Japan's total coronavirus cases top 50,000 with 836 new cases reported, increasing by 10,000 in just one week, as urban centers including Tokyo and Osaka continue to see high levels of infections since the central government fully lifted the nationwide state of emergency in late May.

via japantoday08/09/2020

Champions League setback as Atletico report two positive coronavirus tests - Japan Today

Spanish side Atletico Madrid on Sunday reported two positive coronavirus tests, just four days before they face Leipzig in Portugal for a place in the Champions League semi-finals. "On Saturday, all members of the first team and the club's party to Lisbon underwent tests as required by UEFA protocols to…

via endpts08/07/2020

Covid-19 roundup: Novavax inks vaccine deals with Japan and India; AstraZeneca nearing agreements with Japan and Brazil - Endpoints News

Pfizer has joined the list companies helping Gilead manufacture remdesivir. The pharma giant announced today they signed a multi-year agreement to provide Gilead with contract manufacturing services at their McPherson, Kansas plant. The deal is part of a broad effort by Gilead to scale up the drug, the only currently

via voanews08/11/2020

Trump Says 'Great' Bond With China's Xi Changed After COVID-19 - VOA Asia

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said his relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping has frayed in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic and that he has not spoken to his Chinese counterpart in a long time. "I used to have a very good relationship with him," Trump told Fox Sports Radio in an interview, citing their Phase One trade deal hammered out last year and signed in early 2020. "I had a great relationship with President Xi. I like him, but I don't feel the same way now." Trump said his feelings changed amid COVID-19. "I certainly feel differently.

via english.kyodonews.net08/11/2020

Ex-WHO chief says US "counterproductive" on virus, world order - Kyodo News Plus

Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former director general of the World Health Organization who oversaw the U.N. agency's response to the SARS crisis between 2002 to 2003, criticizes the United States for being "counterproductive" during the novel coronavirus pandemic and leading an "assault" on multilateralism

via japantoday08/10/2020

Antonio Banderas says he's tested positive for coronavirus - Japan Today

Antonio Banderas says he's tested positive for COVID-19 and is celebrating his 60th birthday in quarantine. The Spanish actor announced his positive test in a post Monday on Instagram. Banderas said he would spend his time in isolation reading, writing and “making plans to begin to give meaning to my…

via asgam08/09/2020

Japanese minister says impact of COVID-19 on operators to determine potential postponement of IR application period - Inside Asian Gaming

Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Kazuyoshi Akaba, has indicated that a decision will be made on whether to postpone the certification application period, originally scheduled for January to July 2021, based on the impact COVID-19 has had on IR operators and the situation of local governments.

via japantoday08/09/2020

Asymptomatic coronavirus carriers have high viral loads: study - Japan Today

People who are infected with the coronavirus carry similar levels of the pathogen in their nose, throat and lungs whether they have symptoms or not, according to a new study from South Korea. The paper, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, is an important biological line of evidence in support of…

via fiercepharma08/07/2020

Takeda teams up with Novavax to introduce its coronavirus vaccine in Japan - FiercePharma

Takeda has added a vaccine project to its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Japanese pharma, already developing coronavirus treatments, struck a licensing deal to manufacture and market Novavax's vaccine candidate in Japan, aiming for 250 million doses per year.