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USA Today (June 17)

2021/ 06/ 19 by jd in Global News

“Falling rate of COVID-19 across the United States mask a harsh reality—the overwhelming majority of those getting sick and being hospitalized today are unvaccinated, while vaccinated people are becoming rare.” The sickest patients are also more likely to be younger “as older people are much more likely to be vaccinated.”


San Francisco Chronicle (June 16)

2021/ 06/ 18 by jd in Global News

“California shrugged off 15 months of pandemic restrictions Tuesday and emerged into an appropriately sunny day to take a celebratory—if cautious—collective leap toward a post-COVID normal.” This historic day marks the first time “life could return to some semblance of what it used to be, a future bolstered by vaccines that will likely forestall another deadly surge.”


Bloomberg (June 15)

2021/ 06/ 17 by jd in Global News

“If Toshiba Corp. tried to bully hedge funds through the government, that’s a bad look all around. The only parties who come off well are the activists the company allegedly aimed to suppress…. In the end, it looks like activist hedge funds aren’t so big and bad after all. They’re doing what they’re supposed to do. Now it’s open season for Japan Inc.”


LA Times (June 14)

2021/ 06/ 16 by jd in Global News

“The chances of getting COVID-19 will not be zero anytime soon—even for vaccinated people. So, for all of us to comfortably return to in-person work, send our kids to school and abandon our masks, we will have to rely on multiple lines of trust…. Unfortunately, Americans’ willingness to trust one another was already in decline before the pandemic began.”


Fortune (June 13)

2021/ 06/ 15 by jd in Global News

“Before the pandemic, Japan’s workforce faced longstanding problems, like chronic overwork, low productivity, and too few women. Letting employees work from home may have helped ease all three, in addition to preventing the spread of COVID. But Japan’s failure to more fully adapt means it will likely miss out on the carry-on benefits of remote work that some corporations elsewhere are warming to.”


Wall Street Journal (June 11)

2021/ 06/ 14 by jd in Global News

A report on Toshiba “harked back to the days when Japan Inc. was a popular term to describe the perceived tight linkage between big business and government in blocking foreign influence in Japan.” The company-commissioned report found that Toshiba Corp. “worked closely with Japanese government officials to block foreign-based shareholders from exercising their rights, using inappropriate threats and language such as ‘beat them up.’”


Washington Post (June 11)

2021/ 06/ 13 by jd in Global News

“There will be joy and drama, glory and grief, among Olympic competitors. But this summer’s pandemic-era Games in Tokyo are destined to go down as the most joyless of modern times with athletes sequestered and cheering banned…. Instead of basking in anticipation of the Opening Ceremonies on July 23, the buildup to the Games sees Japan mired in blame, recriminations and laments that it didn’t have to be this way.”


Denver Post (June 10)

2021/ 06/ 12 by jd in Global News

“Fewer than 2% of the COVID-19 cases confirmed in Colorado since mid-January have involved people fully vaccinated against the virus,” demonstrating “just how rare it is to get the disease once protected.” Though breakthrough cases are expected to rise, currently “only 0.1% of all fully vaccinated Colordans have developed a confirmed infection.”


Financial Times (June 10)

2021/ 06/ 11 by jd in Global News

“The depth of collusion between Toshiba, the Japanese government and the former investment head of the world’s biggest pension fund to influence board nominations last year has been laid bare by an independent probe” and “represented an attempt to unfairly restrict the exercise of shareholder rights.”


Reuters (June 9)

2021/ 06/ 10 by jd in Global News

“Like the banking system, the internet looks simple from the outside but is really an elaborate patchwork. Tuesday’s outage involving Fastly (FSLY.N), a so-called content delivery network, is a reminder for people with their lives in the cloud that pieces of the puzzle can fail. And unlike with banks, there’s little government oversight and no backstop, so it’s good for users to be reminded that instant online gratification is not guaranteed.”


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