Tokyo governor bows to pressure to keep bars and barbers open

TOKYO — The Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to keep restaurants and pubs open with limited hours during Japan’s monthlong state of emergency, in an about-face prompted by pressure from the central government. 

Tokyo Gov. Yurko Koike plans to announce the details Friday, hoping for swift business closures. 

Eager to curb the growing number of infections, Tokyo had initially planned to ask a wide range of businesses to close, but the central government objected to the capital’s plan, citing huge repercussions for daily life and economic activity for the more than 9 million people who live there. 

Koike met with Yasutoshi

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Chinese AR smart glasses startup plans funding round

BEIJING — MAD Gaze, a Chinese company that develops augmented reality smart glasses, is preparing for a new funding round after launching a motion control watch and wide-angle lenses that can be used at a distance.  

Tech majors such as Microsoft and Google have long launched AR glasses but the technology has yet to be used widely in part due to high prices. Estimates by industry officials showed that the majority of consumer AR glass makers sell an average of only around 2,000 units per annum.

But with the advent of fifth-generation technology, industry watchers are hoping that smart wearable

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France’s Total invests $500m in India renewables with Adani Group

TOKYO — French energy supermajor Total has invested more than 37 billion rupees ($487 million) to form a renewable power joint venture with India’s Adani Group.

The deal, finalized Tuesday, splits the ownership 50-50 between Total and the Indian conglomerate’s Adani Green Energy unit.

The French company is pursuing clean energy amid the global push toward lower carbon dioxide emissions. Despite India’s current nationwide lockdown, Total sees demand for renewables growing in the long run as the government tackles air pollution.

The joint venture takes over Adani’s solar projects, which span 11 Indian states and field a total power generating

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Coronavirus latest: Bangkok and 17 Thai provinces ban alcohol sales

The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Global cases have reached 1,353,361, according to the World Health Organization.

The worldwide death toll has hit 79,235.

To see how the disease has spread, click this interactive virus tracker:

Here are the latest developments (Tokyo time):

Thursday, April 9

10:32 p.m. India’s government approves a 150 billion rupee ($2 billion) package for coronavirus “emergency response and health system preparedness,” including development of diagnostic and treatment facilities, procurement of essential medical equipment, and drugs for infected persons.


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