Q4 investments +4.3% y/y, seasonally adjusted +3.4% q/q Industrial investments +5.1% y/y, non-industrial +3.8% Q4 ordinary corporate profit +24.7% y/y, sales +5.7% y/y TOKYO, March 2 (Reuters) – Japanese companies increased spending on plant and equipment for the third straight quarter in October-December as business confidence was boosted by fallingRead More →

Restrictions on entry to Japan that were imposed at the start of the coronavirus pandemic two years ago continue to hurt the operations of German companies in a key and long-standing market. Several German companies are rethinking their strategies in the world’s third-largest economy, with Japan showing no signs ofRead More →

The Biden administration has assembled a group that will prepare new countermeasures for the emergence of future variants of COVID-19 and other pandemic threats, after the arrival of the omicron strain caused an uproar in the economy and the American healthcare system. The Pandemic Innovation Task Force, formed by theRead More →

On Friday, more than 20,000 new coronavirus infections were confirmed across Japan. The surge in cases, which is attributed to the Omicron variant, has authorities thinking about how to maintain social and economic activity. It is the first time in more than four months that the daily tally has exceededRead More →

From Boris Johnson to Emmanuel Macron, European leaders are increasingly attacking anti-vaxxers as the battle against the rapidly spreading omicron variant exacerbates pandemic fatigue in the region. Amid a seemingly unstoppable rise in infections, authorities are focusing restrictions on unvaccinated people rather than resorting to widespread crackdowns. The strong overallRead More →

Governments around the world are tightening restrictions as the Omicron variant continues to increase COVID-19 cases around the world. Macau is banning all international passenger flights, as the US military tightens restrictions on its bases in Japan amid a cluster of infections linked to its staff. Australia have refused entryRead More →

Coronavirus infections have trended upward in Japan. Cases of the Omicron variant and community transmission are also on the rise in the country. Tokyo on Sunday confirmed 84 new cases of coronavirus, nearly double the figure reported a week earlier.More than half of these people had received two doses ofRead More →

Japan approves the Merck Covid pill Delivery of first batch of 1.6 million doses could start as early as Monday, PM says Patients who received Molnupiravir within five days of developing symptoms of the coronavirus were 30% less likely to be hospitalized or die than those who received a placebo,Read More →

The Japanese stock market finished higher for the third consecutive session on Thursday, December 23, 2021, as investors rejoiced to follow overnight advances on Wall Street after strong US and U. S. Approval by regulators of an oral COVID-19 drug developed by Pfizer Inc. Market gains were capped, however, amidRead More →

The Japanese stock market ended the session higher on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, ending two days of losing streak as investors looked for heavily damaged stocks in hopes the recent sell-off was overdone and after the company American Micron Technology has exceeded market expectations by publishing more solid quarterly results.Read More →

International students enrolled in Japanese universities need to know when they can return. The country previously said it would accept foreign nationals (including those registered to study in Japan) in November but with the new Omicron variant, the government implemented a new ban, stressing many stranded students. Not only doRead More →

The Japanese stock market ended lower for the second consecutive session on Monday, December 20, 2021, as risk aversion liquidated across the board following broadly negative signals from Wall Street on Friday. Meanwhile, selling pressure has intensified amid concerns about the impact of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, withRead More →

The Japanese stock market ended the session sharply lower on Friday, December 17, 2021, as investors registered gains in the previous two sessions after following broadly negative signals from Wall Street overnight. Sentiment was also heightened amid concerns over the impact of the Omicron variant after several countries around theRead More →

A two-day meeting of Group of Seven foreign ministers kicked off in the UK city of Liverpool on Saturday. Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will be attending some of the online sessions for the first time. The ministers are expected to discuss security and human rights issues,Read More →