Laos

Japan’s judicial diplomacy at crossroads as Laos enacts civil code

TOKYO — A quarter-century of Japanese “judicial diplomacy” is bearing fruit in Southeast Asia. On May 27, Laos became the third country in Southeast Asia, after Vietnam and Cambodia, to introduce a civil code with Japanese support.

Japan’s long-term engagement on the topic has resulted in it being allowed for the first time to participate in a conference of senior legal officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The ASEAN Senior Law Officials Meeting, or ASLOM, will discuss cybersecurity and other cross-border legal issues.

Gaining a seat at the conference table reflects the “trust Japan has gained through down-to-earth

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Nikon cuts jobs in Thailand and Laos with camera sales slumping

TOKYO — Nikon has cut 700 jobs in Southeast Asia as part of a move to restructure its digital camera business as executives warned of sustained losses during the coronavirus pandemic, the Japanese optical company said Thursday.

Staff reductions at production facilities of the imaging segment, which includes cameras, started last fall and continued in stages through the end of March. A portion of the cuts came in the form of early retirement.

Thailand was hit with the bulk of the downsizing, losing 500 positions. Another 200 cuts occurred in Laos. The numbers represented roughly 10% of the headcount at

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Nikon cuts 700 factory jobs in Thailand and Laos

TOKYO — Nikon has cut 700 jobs in Southeast Asia as part of a move to restructure its digital camera business as executives warned of sustained losses during the coronavirus pandemic, the Japanese optical company said Thursday.

Staff reductions at the imaging segment, which includes cameras, started last fall and continued in stages through the end of March. A portion of the cuts came in the form of early retirement.

Thailand was hit with the bulk of the downsizing, losing 500 positions. Another 200 cuts occurred in Laos. The numbers represented roughly 10% of the headcount at each location.

The 

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Coronavirus latest: Laos moves to reopen after streak of no new cases

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 3,175,207, according to the World Health Organization.

The worldwide death toll has hit 224,172.

To see how the disease has spread, view our virus tracker charts:


(Source photo by AP) 

Here are the latest developments (Tokyo time):

Saturday, May 2

12:58 a.m. Laos will from Monday lift restrictions on going outdoors and ease curbs on restaurants, shopping centers and other businesses that had been closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The

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