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May 15, 2021
Yusaku Maezawa: Japan's billionaire spaceman with a taste for art

Tokyo (AFP) May 13, 2021
Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, who will travel to the International Space Station as a tourist in December aboard a Russian spacecraft, is a former wannabe rock star worth $1.9 billion with a penchant for pricey modern art as well as space travel. The 45-year-old tycoon, founder of Japan's largest online fashion mall, is the country's 30th richest person, according to business magazine Forbes. It will be the first time the Russian space agency Roscosmos has taken a tourist to the ISS since 2009. ... read more

Russia to send film crew, Japanese billionaire to space
Moscow (AFP) May 13, 2021
Russia said Thursday it would send an actress and a director into space to make the first feature film in the cosmos and also deliver an eccentric Japanese billionaire to the International Space Station. ... more
Japanese billionaire Maezawa to travel to ISS in December
Moscow (AFP) May 13, 2021
Japanese billionaire entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa and his assistant Yozo Hirano will be the next tourists to travel to the International Space Station (ISS), Russia's space agency Roscosmos said Thursday. ... more
Japan launches first joint military drill with US, France
Tokyo (AFP) May 11, 2021
Japanese, US and French troops kicked off their first-ever joint military drill Tuesday in southwestern Japan, as concerns rise over China's growing assertiveness in the region. ... more
Chinese TV authorities move to curb obsessive fan culture
Beijing (AFP) May 10, 2021
Beijing TV authorities have ordered online entertainment shows to promote socialism instead of "irrational" star-chasing as part of a crackdown on China's increasingly obsessive celebrity fan culture. ... more

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Lessons from 2011 disaster help Toyota ride out chip shortage
Tokyo (AFP) May 12, 2021
The global microchip shortage dragging on the auto industry has put barely a dent in production at Toyota, the world's biggest automaker, thanks to lessons it learned after Japan's 2011 tsunami disaster. ... more
SoftBank reports Japanese record of $45 bn annual net profit
Tokyo (AFP) May 12, 2021
Investment giant Softbank Group on Wednesday reported an annual net profit of $45.8 billion, the best ever for a Japanese company, reaping the rewards of tech share rallies to recover from last year's record loss. ... more
Growing movement for 'fair share' climate commitments
Paris (AFP) May 11, 2021
When US President Joe Biden pledged last month to cut his country's carbon emissions in half by 2030, Japan and Canada quickly followed suit. But many green groups and scientists say that this is still not good enough. ... more
G7 ends talks with criticism of China, Russia, Iran
London (AFP) May 5, 2021
The Group of Seven wealthy democracies on Wednesday wrapped up their first in-person meeting in more than two years, accusing China of human rights abuses and a crackdown on pro-democracy figures, while voicing fears about Russian aggression against Ukraine. ... more
USS Milius completes sea trials after 12-month repair period
Washington DC (UPI) May 4, 2021
The USS Milius recently completed sea trials and certification, wrapping a 12-month restricted availability four days early, the U.S. Navy said on Tuesday. ... more

Myanmar charges Japanese journalist over 'fake news'

Asian markets mostly down as inflation concerns persist

New View of Asteroid Ryugu's Surface
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 29, 2021
Samples from the near-Earth asteroid (162173) Ryugu recently arrived at Earth, ready for laboratory analysis. In the meantime, ground-based measurements of Ryugu's surface are helping us to complete ... more
UK Carrier Strike Group to head out on 28-week deployment
Washington DC (UPI) Apr 27, 2021
The UK Carrier Strike Group's 28-week maiden deployment will feature visits to India, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, the British defense ministry announced. ... more
Sony reports record net profit but issues cautious forecast
Tokyo (AFP) April 28, 2021
Sony announced its biggest-ever annual net profit Wednesday, driven by unprecedented pandemic-fuelled demand as people around the world turned to gaming to liven up lockdowns. ... more
Lyft to sell autonomous driving unit to Toyota for $550 mn
Washington (AFP) April 27, 2021
US ride-hailing service Lyft agreed to sell its autonomous driving division to a unit of Japan's Toyota for $550 million, the companies said Monday. ... more
Alpha: Second Space Station mission for ESA's Thomas Pesquet begins
Paris (ESA) Apr 24, 2021
Today at 11:08 (CEST) the Crew Dragon spacecraft with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihik ... more
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