Day: June 5, 2020

Xi’s Japan trip unlikely this year as US-China tensions burn

TOKYO/BEIJING — The Japanese government has decided to halt preparations for a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping for the foreseeable future, all but confirming that the trip will not happen this year as originally planned.

Japan had regarded Xi’s visit as a symbol for restoring bilateral relations. It formed the linchpin of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s strategy to establish a level of cooperative ties with China while maintaining a warm personable relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump.

But with Washington and Beijing on the brink of a new Cold War, due to the handling of the new coronavirus

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Asian cities harness big data and AI for contact tracing

TOKYO — China’s Alibaba Group Holding offers an app that restricts individuals at a high risk of having been exposed to the coronavirus from entering certain buildings. 

The tech giant has also rolled out a system in several Chinese cities that identifies those not wearing a mask using AI.

Those services, listed in a Nomura Research Institute study, are examples of efforts by Asian cities to tap big data and artificial intelligence to track and prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The hope is that those technologies, which allow for the analysis of individual behavior, could also help cities control

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Kirin to probe Myanmar brewery partner over army funding allegations

YANGON — Japanese beverage group Kirin Holdings said Friday it will commission an audit of its joint venture partner in Myanmar over allegations that the local conglomerate funds the country’s military, which has been accused of human rights abuses.

The partner, Myanma Economic Holdings, or MEHL, and another Myanmar company “are owned and influenced by senior Tatmadaw leaders,” a United Nations fact-finding mission said in an August 2019 report, using the official name for the Myanmar armed forces.

Kirin, one of Japan’s top beer companies, acquired local brewers Myanmar Brewery and Mandalay Brewery in 2015 and 2017, respectively, spending $564

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Kirin to probe Myanmar partner over army funding allegations

YANGON — Japanese beverage group Kirin Holdings said Friday it will commission an audit of its joint venture partner in Myanmar over allegations that the local conglomerate funds the country’s military, which has been accused of human rights abuses.

The partner, Myanma Economic Holdings, or MEHL, and another Myanmar company “are owned and influenced by senior Tatmadaw leaders,” a United Nations fact-finding mission said in an August 2019 report, using the official name for the Myanmar armed forces.

Kirin, one of Japan’s top beer companies, acquired local brewers Myanmar Brewery and Mandalay Brewery in 2015 and 2017, respectively, spending $564

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