June 29th, 2019


1)  A Japanese court ordered the government on Friday to pay 370 million yen in damages to the relatives of former leprosy patients over a segregation policy that severed family ties and caused long-lasting prejudice.

2)   Leaders from the Group of 20 major economies wrapped up the first day of their summit in Osaka on Friday with a kyogen traditional theater performance and local cuisine featuring wagyu beef and deep fried anglerfish.

3)   More than 2,000 doctors at 50 university hospitals in Japan were found to have worked without pay, with many lacking an employment contract or compensation insurance, the education ministry said Friday based on a recent survey.

4)   Self-driving technology startup Monet Technologies Inc said Friday five major Japanese automakers have signed a contract to invest in the joint venture formed earlier this year by Toyota Motor Corp and SoftBank Corp.

5)   Companies with female directors outperform those with only men at the top, according to a study of more than 1,000 Asian firms released on Thursday, as calls grow for more diversity in the region’s boardrooms.

6)   Tokyo Electric Power Co. announced May 22 it was backtracking on plans to use foreign workers at its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after the health ministry urged extreme caution. The utility said it will not hire foreign workers at the plant “in the immediate future” as it will need “much more time to put a system in place to ensure their safety.”

7)   Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso and health minister Takumi Nemoto have chaired a meeting with their G20 counterparts to discuss global health issues. The agenda included ways to achieve universal health coverage, or UHC — which would allow anyone in the world to receive medical and health services without worrying about the costs.

8)   Trump said, “If Japan is attacked, we will fight World War Three. We will go in and protect them with our lives. But if we are attacked, Japan doesn’t have to help us at all. They can watch on a Sony television the attack.”

9)  Japanese convenience store chain Familymart is getting set to launch its own smartphone payment system. From July 1, customers will be able to pay for goods using an app.

10)   France registered its highest temperature since records began on Friday as the death toll rose from a heatwave suffocating much of Europe.

11)   The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Friday reported a large soybean sale to China, an apparent goodwill gesture a day before the first meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in seven months.

12)   Samson Ling may have a British passport, but it offers him no route out of Hong Kong to a life in London as protests grow against an extradition bill that many see as an example of growing Chinese influence in the financial hub.

13)    A quadriplegic French patient, who has been in a vegetative state for more than a decade, should be allowed to die, France’s top court ruled on Friday.