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New York Times (November 20)

2020/ 11/ 22 by jd in Global News

“Nine months after the I.O.C. and organizers in Tokyo agreed to postpone the 2020 Summer Games for one year, the level of uncertainty surrounding the event has barely waned, even as hopes for a successful Olympics have never been higher.”

 

Washington Post (September 30)

2020/ 10/ 02 by jd in Global News

Few nations “have been upended like Japan” by the coronavirus. “Working from home was almost unthinkable before the pandemic but now appears to be gathering some momentum.” Pasona is even moving its headquarters from Tokyo to Awaji Island. “It’s a revolutionary idea in Japan’s rigid corporate culture—and a sign of how the coronavirus pandemic is reimagining where and how people work worldwide.”

 

Financial Times (September 11)

2020/ 09/ 13 by jd in Global News

“To global portfolio managers, the Tokyo stock market has spent the past few years looking ever more like an old curiosity shop. Everyone knows there are bargains galore in there but who can be bothered to study the cluttered and poorly labelled shelves.” Perhaps Warren Buffett will finally show money managers the way into “overlooked Japan.”

 

Nikkei Asian Review (August 3)

2020/ 08/ 05 by jd in Global News

In “a sign that Seoul is ready to rival Tokyo on the international stage,” the New York Times decided “to move Asia-based digital news operations from Hong Kong to Seoul.” The Times considered Tokyo and other cities, but ultimately chose Seoul, “which has become an outward-looking and tech-savvy city.”

 

LA Times (June 23)

2020/ 06/ 24 by jd in Global News

“Los Angeles County health officials reported 2,571 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the third day in the last week that the county has reported more than 2,000 infections.” Authorities suspect a link to mass protests. In addition, the county’s death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 3,137. By comparison, the combined total for all 47of Japan’s prefectures is less than 1,000, and Tokyo prefecture, with a population roughly 4 million greater than LA county, has logged 321 deaths.

 

New York Times (April 28)

2020/ 04/ 30 by jd in Global News

“Delaying the Tokyo Games by a year already poses enormous economic, political and logistical challenges, including whether Japan can hope to recoup its $10 billion investment.” Without a vaccine, however, a 2021 “timeline may be optimistic.”

 

New York Times (April 19)

2020/ 04/ 20 by jd in Global News

“Tokyo may have been lulled into complacency during the weeks when Japan contained the coronavirus while avoiding economically devastating lockdowns.” Aa the Government urges a 80% reduction in contact, there is too much normalcy. “It seems too many people are trying to squeeze into the 20 percent.”

 

Forbes (February 28)

2020/ 03/ 01 by jd in Global News

Japan’s Q4 6.3% GDP “plunge is a harsh wakeup call,” but the “talk of the Olympics being scrapped” is actually “an opportunity to refocus on what really matter. If Abe had used the last several years doing heavy lifting on reform rather than betting it all on Olympic glory, Japan would have greater endurance. It’s time Tokyo got to work actually creating a brighter future. Not just staging one.”

 

Reuters (February 18)

2020/ 02/ 20 by jd in Global News

“The aversion to allowing work from home is unwelcome news for the government, which wants companies to let their employees telecommute during the Olympics to make travel easier for Games participants and spectators on Tokyo’s notoriously packed trains and roadways.”

 

CNN (December 31)

2019/ 12/ 31 by jd in Global News

If Carlos Ghosn “couldn’t leave his Tokyo apartment to buy a carton of milk without someone knowing about it, how on earth did he just manage to flee the country?”

 

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