The Games begin, Foxconn’s shareholders’ meeting and Hong Kong Doxxing Act
Welcome to your week in Asia.
Japan’s unfortunate Summer Olympics finally begin this week with baseball and softball games starting on Wednesday. For the opening ceremony that follows, the audience may be rare, but politicians including Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, US First Lady Jill Biden, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and French President Emmanuel Macron will make an appearance.
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US Assistant Secretary of State Wendy Sherman is traveling to Asia on a week-long tour that will take her to Japan, South Korea, Mongolia and possibly China.
In Tokyo, she will discuss North Korea, climate change, global health and other security issues with her Japanese and South Korean counterparts. If Washington and Beijing can agree on the terms to visit, Sherman will likely stop in China at the end of their trip.
Time for the Taylors
Former American Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter are sentenced in a Tokyo court for helping former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn escape Japan and evade trial in 2019.
The prosecution is seeking sentences of two years and ten months for Michael Taylor and two years and six months for Peter. The two were shipped from the United States in March. Both pleaded guilty and said they regretted their actions.
Muslims in Southeast Asia celebrate the festival of Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice one day before their peers in South Asia. The festival comes as many countries in both regions continue to struggle with COVID-19 and authorities urge people to observe social distancing and wear masks during public celebrations.
Summer wave: Although daily infections in India have dropped from a high of over 400,000 in May to less than 50,000, experts warn the number could rise again in August. The predominantly Hindu country is home to the third largest Muslim population in the world after Indonesia and Pakistan.
Brisbane reaches for the rings
The International Olympic Committee is expected to confirm Brisbane to host the 2032 Summer Games after the board’s board of directors previously named the Australian city a “preferred bidder”.
Indonesia, Qatar, China and Hungary had also submitted applications in a process that raised questions about the dual role of John Coates as Vice President of the IOC and President of the Australian Olympic Committee. The IOC said Coates had withdrawn from discussions on Brisbane.
Too much information?
Hong Kong lawmakers will begin a debate on changes to the city’s privacy laws to give regulators far-reaching powers to curb what the authorities call “wild doxxing” as the authorities have access to information in response to the moves by activists to further aggravate the disclosure of personal data by police officers and government officials during protests against the government in 2019.
A trade group representing Google, Facebook, Twitter and other global internet platforms has warned that the bill could legally endanger their local employees and cause them to stop investing or doing anything in the city.
Settlement with station violence
A Hong Kong court will convict seven men convicted of engaging in a 2019 attack on supporters of pro-democracy protests and passers-by at a suburban train station. The incident at Yuen Long Station resulted in dozens of hospital stays and shattered public confidence in the police because the police were slow to respond to emergency calls and take no action at the time.
Some of those injured in the incident await their riot trial while a journalist investigating the event was fined Hong Kong dollars ($ 772) for being found guilty of improperly on the incident Access the city’s license plate database.
Carbon and steel
Executives at South Korea’s largest steelmaker could address the company’s plans to tackle the European Green Deal when the second quarter results are announced. The planned tariffs by the European Union on carbon-intensive products such as steel and cement from countries with relaxed environmental regulations, which were announced last week, are jeopardizing POSCO’s shipments to the continent.
Counting flags and rings
The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games usually serves as a cultural and political showcase for the host country. But as with many of Japan’s other Olympic efforts, plans for the inaugural event have faced many setbacks, including the resignation of three directors due to a scandal.
Tokyo’s 68,000-seat National Stadium, which was built for $ 2.7 billion, will be mostly empty during the ceremony. Athletes’ participation in the Parade of Nations is uncertain as many teams are likely to choose not to march in order to reduce the risk of infection. Blue Impulse, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s aerobatic team, will fly over the stadium and draw Olympic rings in the sky.
In Foxconn’s driveway
Foxconn chairman Young Liu will grab his attention as he answers shareholder questions at Taipei’s premier iPhone maker’s annual general meeting and gives his outlook on the business outlook for the second half of the year. He is expected to provide an update on the company’s growing electric vehicle business.