7/22/21 Japan Galaxy News: Japan, U.S. And S. Korea Decide To Promote The Complete Denuclearization Of N. Korea; Tokyo Olympic Ticket Purchaser Information Leaked Online

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1.Japan, the United States and South Korea Decided to Work Closely Together to Promote the Complete Denuclearization of North Korea and Saw the Need to Respond to the Hegemonic Behavior of Communist China Jointly

According to NHK, Japan, the United States and South Korea held vice-ministerial talks in Tokyo on July 21 after about four years. It determined that the three countries will continue to work closely to achieve the complete denuclearization of North Korea. During the talks, the two sides exchanged views on future measures based on revising the U.S. Biden administration’s policy toward the DPRK. The three countries agreed that the UN Security Council resolution should be fully implemented to achieve the complete denuclearization of the DPRK. In addition, in response to the international community’s unanimous opposition to Communist China’s attempts to unilaterally change the status quo in the East China Sea, the three countries agreed on the need to address the hegemonic behavior of Communist China jointly.

2.The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry Formulated the Energy Basic Plan with a Renewable Energy Share of 36% to 38%

According to NHK, on July 21, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) have formulated a draft national energy policy, the Energy Basic Plan. To achieve decarbonization, the proportion of renewable energy will be increased by at least 10 percentage points from the current level to 36% to 38%. The Energy Basic Plan is updated every three years. The share of each energy type in this updated version is under scrutiny to achieve the government’s goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 46 percent by 2030 compared to 2013. Nuclear power will remain at the same level as the current 20 to 22 percent, while thermal power will be significantly reduced to 41 percent from the current 56 percent.

3.Tokyo Olympics Ticket Buyer and Volunteer Information Leaked

According to Kyodo News, on July 21, a government official said in an interview on the 21st that the account and password information of ticket buyers and volunteers for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games was stolen and leaked on the Internet when they logged in to a dedicated website. The OCOG is investigating the matter and has taken measures to prevent the damage from expanding. Government officials say there was no large-scale information breach. However, according to sources familiar with the matter, personal information of ticket purchasers and volunteers was put up on the website.

4.An Australian Olympic Showjumper Suspended After Testing Positive for Cocaine

According to AFP, on July 21, Jamie Kermond, a 36-year-old Australian equestrian showjumper who was scheduled to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, has been provisionally suspended after cocaine was detected in a doping test. Equestrian Australia announced that “during the suspension, Kermond will be banned from competing in events under the rules agreed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), including the Olympic Games.” According to Australian media reports, the Australian delegation arrived in Japan on the 20th, but Kermond did not accompany them.

5.Nidec Plans Joint Venture with Taiwan’s Hon Hai to Manufacture Motors for Electric Vehicles

According to Kyoto News, on July 21, Nidec announced July 21 that it would consider establishing a joint venture with Taiwan Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. and its three manufacturing subsidiaries to produce and sell electric motors for electric vehicles. Nidec intends to provide Hon Hai with mass-produced electric vehicle drive motor systems. If an agreement is reached, a joint venture contract is expected to be signed by the end of December. The joint venture, headquartered in Taiwan, will develop and produce “traction motor systems” that integrate drive motors, inverters, gears, etc., developed by Nidec. Hon Hai launched an alliance platform for electric vehicle development companies in October last year, calling for the participation of domestic and foreign component and software development companies. In addition, Nidec has now established joint ventures with French auto giant PSA (now Stellantis), Chinese auto giants, and companies under the Guangzhou Automobile Group to produce electric vehicles.

6.New Cases May Reach 2,600 in Tokyo in a Single Day During the Olympic Games

According to a July 21 report by Kyodo News, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government held a surveillance meeting on July 21 to analyze the outbreak of the CCP virus. Experts estimated that if the number of infections continues to increase at the current rate, the average daily number of people infected in Tokyo in the last seven days will reach nearly 2,600 by August 3 during the Olympic Games, and strongly urged vigilance, saying that “the third wave of the outbreak will be exceeded in less than two weeks“. There were 1,832 new cases in Tokyo on the 21st, the first time since January 16 that the number exceeded 1,800. In addition, experts reported that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s test results showed that the proportion of the more contagious delta strain, which is now rapidly spreading, had risen to 30.5% in the week ended July 11. Furthermore, with the advancement of vaccination for the elderly, the age group of new cases has changed to mainly those in their 20s to 50s.

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