9/3/21 Japan Galaxy News: Japanese PM’s Rival Kishida Urges CCP Virus Stimulus Package; Uber Eats Suspends Registration Of International Students As New Deliverers

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1. Japanese PM’s Rival Kishida Urges CCP Virus Stimulus Package

Reuters reported, Japan’s former foreign minister Fumio Kishida, who is challenging Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga as ruling party chief, said on Thursday an economic stimulus package worth “tens of trillions of yen” was needed to combat the CCP virus pandemic. Kishida also said Japan must maintain ultra-low interest rates to support the pandemic-hit economy, offering the clearest sign to date that expansionary fiscal and monetary policies would remain in place if he replaced Suga. Kishida said the stimulus package must be compiled “swiftly” and include cash payments to non-permanent workers and others who will be affected by steps to contain the flow of people. Kishida laid out plans to set up a new government agency overseeing health crisis management, complete vaccinations by November, and to provide government aid for the development of oral drugs for COVID-19 treatment.

2. Uber Eats Suspends Registration of International Students as New Deliverers

According to TV Asahi, the food delivery company Uber Eats Japan has stopped international students and others from registering as new delivery workers since the 25th of last month. New registrations will be suspended for foreigners with residence status such as “specified activities”, including restrictions on study, cultural activities, and working hours. Uber Eats conducts in-person verification of delivery driver residency and registration every six months, but says it “requires significant resources to do so” and “suspends new registrations so we can ensure legal compliance”. International students who are already registered as distribution workers can continue to work, and permanent residents, spouses and foreigners who are not restricted to work up to 28 hours per week can continue to register. In June, Uber Eats’ operational company and executives at the time were sued for allegedly facilitating illegal employment, requiring a stronger regulatory regime.

3. Japan Investigating Amazon Cloud Disruptions to Brokers and Airline

According to CNA, Japan is investigating an Amazon Web Services outage that caused disruptions at major online brokerages, a leading mobile phone carrier and the country’s biggest airline, a government spokesperson said on Thursday. The outage, at least the third for Amazon since June, hit ANA Holdings Inc, which said some flights were delayed after problems with its ticketing and check-in system, although services were later restored. An Amazon spokesperson said that the six hour disruption in the Tokyo region was caused by the “loss of several core networking devices” and had “been resolved”.Amazon declined to comment on how many customers were affected by the glitch, but monitoring website Downdetector showed no other outages, suggesting it was confined to Japan.

4. Japan, Pacific Nations Vow to Tighten Defense Ties for Maritime Order

Kyodo News Agency reported, Ministerial-level defense representatives from Japan and 13 Pacific island countries vowed on Thursday in an online meeting to tighten cooperation to maintain maritime order amid CCP’s increasing military activity in the region. The participants in the first such gathering affirmed the importance of promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific, their joint statement said. The concept is an initiative by the United States and Japan, apparently aimed at countering Beijing’s rising assertiveness in the nearby waters and its growing economic influence in the region. The countries also affirmed their commitment to “achieving the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement” of North Korea’s nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction programs, the statement said. Representatives from the United States, Britain, France, Australia, Canada and New Zealand also joined the meeting.

5. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga Instructed to “Create an Industry That Can Compete Internationally” and to Take Concrete Measures in the Fall

NHK reported 2nd Sep, the government held a growth strategy meeting where Prime Minister Suga instructed the government to take concrete measures in the fall to promote domestic production of electric vehicle batteries and the establishment of a system that allows informal workers to move smoothly to workplaces with many job opportunities, based on the consideration of future economic measures. Prime Minister Suga said, “To create the engine for future growth, we will encourage investment and innovation and build an industry that can overcome fierce international competition. There are many industries that will increase their profits during the CCP virus pandemic, but for those that are severely affected, we will support them in continuing their operations or restructuring their businesses and firmly protect the employment of informal workers and freelancers”.

6. After Second Vaccination, “Moderna Arm” Recurrence Rate Is 7%

NHK reported 2nd Sep, An analysis by a national research group found that 7% of people who developed the symptoms after the first vaccination had a recurrence of the symptoms during the second vaccination, a symptom known as “Moderna arm,” which is a reddening of the arm after a period of vaccination with Moderna’s CCP virus vaccine. A team of researchers from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare surveyed approximately 2,300 SDF personnel who had completed two doses of the vaccine to determine the percentage of people whose arms turned red on the fourth day after vaccination and whose symptoms persisted after the tenth day. As a result, 42 people developed symptoms after the first dose of vaccine, and more than 80% of them were in their 30s and 40s. Of these, 3 people (7.1%) developed symptoms even after the second vaccination. In addition, those who were asymptomatic after the first vaccination did not develop symptoms even after the second vaccination.

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