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By YURI KAGEYAMA, Associated Press

TOKYO (AP) — A U.S. executive who resigned from Toyota after being arrested in Japan in 2015 on suspicion of drug offenses has returned to the Japanese automaker, the company said Thursday.

Julie Hamp was hired by the North American operations of Toyota Motor Corp. to support its Managing Director, Akio Toyoda, and advise the company on global management, sustainability, governance and global media relations.

She was arrested on suspicion of importing the prescription painkiller oxycodone, which is tightly controlled in Japan, after arriving in the country to head Toyota’s public relations in 2015.

Toyota said her return was not a problem because she was never sued.

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“Toyota believes the 2015 incident will not hamper its career,” he said in response to a question from The Associated Press.

In 2015, prosecutors said Hamp arranged with her father to have 57 oxycodone pills flown from the United States to a hotel in Tokyo. They decided not to press charges.

Toyota officials repeatedly apologized for the arrest, but Toyoda commented that he wished he could have done more to help Hamp. He also publicly defended her as an important member of the Toyota team.

Hamp’s was the first high-level female promotion at Japan’s largest automaker. She joined the company in 2012, overseeing marketing and communications for the Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands in the United States. She previously worked for PepsiCo Inc. and General Motors Co.

In his final assignment at Toyota, Hamp will also work on the English version of Toyota’s own news outlet, Toyota Times, according to the maker of the Prius and luxury Lexus hybrid models.

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Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon with Achilles tendon injury https://q-ax.com/osaka-withdraws-from-wimbledon-with-achilles-tendon-injury/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 14:12:00 +0000 https://q-ax.com/osaka-withdraws-from-wimbledon-with-achilles-tendon-injury/

Tennis – WTA Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 1, 2022 Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during her second round match against Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo REUTERS/Susana Vera

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June 18 (Reuters) – Former world number one Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from Wimbledon with a left Achilles injury, the four-time Grand Slam champion announced on Saturday.

The Japanese from Osaka suffered an injury in Madrid, forcing her to miss the WTA 1000 tournament in Rome ahead of the French Open where she lost in the first round.

Last week, she posted a video on social media, saying: “Here I am running on an underwater treadmill because my Achilles is still stubborn (sic), I must be getting old or something. “

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She added on Saturday: “My Achilles is still not well, so I’ll see you next time.”

Osaka said after her loss at Roland Garros that she was not 100% sure if she would play on grass this season.

The men’s ATP and women’s WTA have taken away grass-court Grand Slam ranking points after the organizers of the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) decided to ban the participation of Russian and Belarusian players following the invasion of Ukraine by Moscow.

Osaka had felt that playing in the major without the possibility of earning points would not help his ranking and the authorities’ decision had reduced his motivation to play.

Osaka, who is ranked 43rd, also pulled out of Wimbledon last year after missing out for “personal reasons” – a month after leaving the French Open due to mental health issues.

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Bernard Bigot (1950-2022) https://q-ax.com/bernard-bigot-1950-2022/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 17:28:17 +0000 https://q-ax.com/bernard-bigot-1950-2022/

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Bernard Bigot said: “We try to understand nature, then we try, within human limits, to recreate what nature shows us. He was referring to fusion energy, to which he devoted the last years of his life. The statement also sheds light on his contributions to society as a chemist, physicist, educator, administrator, and inspirational leader. He was a committed civil servant, adviser to French presidents, former general administrator of the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and, from 2015, general manager of the ITER organization in the south of France, which oversees the largest experimental park in the world. fusion reactor. He died in office at the age of 72.

For Bigot, the universal availability of massive carbon-free energy sources was a central goal in his mission to create a better world. ITER, a collaboration of 35 countries to build the first industrial-scale fusion facility, was clearly part of this vision. When he arrived, the project was experiencing difficulties that threatened its very existence. Beginning with a series of structural and managerial reforms, including the move to centralized decision-making and the creation of cross-organizational project teams, Bigot got it back on track. He eventually overcame the dual challenge of the machine’s complexity and its manufacturing dispersed across three continents. Many claimed he saved ITER and reinvigorated the quest to make fusion power part of society’s future.

Born in Blois in the Loire Valley, France, in 1950, Bigot was admitted to the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Saint-Cloud, where he pursued two teaching degrees. In 1979, he obtained a doctorate in theoretical chemistry from the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris. He has led research teams at the ENS and at the Catalysis Research Institute of Lyon, relying in both cases on his growing reputation as a modeler of real systems, such as heterogeneous catalysis systems, as well as than photochemistry and chemistry in a condensed state. He organized the transfer and transformation of the ENS from Saint-Cloud to Lyon in the mid-1980s and was appointed director of the century-old establishment in 2000.

Yet his sense of duty to advance the common good led him from academic research to public service, where he made his greatest contributions. The fission of atomic nuclei and their fusion are potential sources of almost unlimited energy. Fission is now industrialized worldwide: in France, 56 reactors provide 70% of electricity production. Fusion is still in the experimental phase and ITER is designed to demonstrate its technological and industrial feasibility. At its heart is a tokamak, a doughnut-shaped vacuum chamber about the weight of the Eiffel Tower, surrounded by magnetic coils. In the chamber, a high-temperature hydrogen isotope gas forms a plasma in which nuclei can fuse together in the same reaction that powers the Sun, producing energy in the form of heat.

Bigot’s contributions to carbon-free energy began with fission, as he helped shape France’s nuclear policy. From 2002 to 2003, he was chief of staff to the French Minister of Research (and former astronaut) Claudie Haigneré. He was High Commissioner for Atomic Energy from 2003 to 2009, then headed the CEA until 2015. During his tenure, the Commissariat officially added “Alternative Energies” to its name and became the driving force behind the ITER project.

Bigot’s international network and natural talent as a diplomat proved invaluable when he came to lead ITER – a collaboration between China, Europe, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the States States – in sometimes dangerous waters. His biggest challenge came in 2020, with the outbreak of COVID-19. The massive components of ITER – superconducting magnets the weight of a Boeing 747 aircraft, precision forged and welded pieces of steel the size of Stonehenge, parts of the vacuum vessel that took more than five years to manufacture – were beginning to arrive for integrated assembly. Bigot rallied the ITER partners to a consensus that the project would continue without a break, a decision that ultimately proved successful.

Bigot and I have been involved in ITER since its inception, long before the birth of the ITER Organization. We sat across the table, he for France and I for Japan, discussing where we would build the facility. It was my joy to have been able to work with him, sitting at the same table, after he called me to join him in 2015. We spoke for 15 minutes in his office at 7:45 every morning, before the day doesn’t get hectic. During these calm, quiet but effective meetings, I learned a lot about his way of living, thinking and working, as well as his incredible integrity, passion and energy.

The French call men of Bigot’s nature and attitude monk-soldier, that is to say, they combine in their personality and behavior the simplicity (sometimes perceived as austerity) of the monk and the determination, loyalty and devotion of the soldier. Bernard Bigot was a monk-soldier, but also a man of deep human warmth and the sensitivity of a husband, father and friend. To his grandchildren, he explained his role at ITER as that of a builder of a medieval cathedral who would not live to see the final masterpiece, but whose work created the hope that would inspire others to complete the task.

A pedagogue at heart, Bigot had a rare talent for explaining the most complex ideas. Government leaders, media representatives and others will recall how simple and exciting the merger sounded when he explained it.

As committed to the present as he was to the future, Bigot remained deeply attached to several educational institutions and foundations, including the Fondation Maison de la Chimie – a Paris-based chemistry center – of which he served as president. Preparing the younger generations for the challenges they will face has always been at the center of his concerns. Far beyond ITER and the international research community, his untimely demise will be felt as a huge loss.

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Australia wants ‘broad and deep’ security ties with Japan, minister says https://q-ax.com/australia-wants-broad-and-deep-security-ties-with-japan-minister-says/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 05:27:00 +0000 https://q-ax.com/australia-wants-broad-and-deep-security-ties-with-japan-minister-says/

TOKYO, June 15 (Reuters) – Australia wants “broad and deep” cooperation with Japan as the two U.S. allies face complex security conditions in Asia following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine , rising inflation and disruptions related to COVID-19, its defense minister said. Wednesday.

“It is clear that our region is facing the most complex set of strategic circumstances that we have known since the end of the Second World War,” said the minister, Richard Marles, during a press conference with his Japanese counterpart, Nobuo Kishi, after talks in Tokyo. .

The allies have stepped up defense cooperation to counterbalance China’s growing military power and influence in Asia.

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is spurring a deepening of those ties, fearing that what Russia calls its “special operation” could encourage China to use force against self-governing Taiwan.

Marles said Australia and Japan would use a reciprocal access agreement signed in January to engage in deeper and more sophisticated cooperation that would enhance the interoperability of their militaries.

The access pact provides a legal basis for Australian and Japanese forces to visit each other and establishes a framework for cooperation.

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BOJ will remain a dovish outlier, keep rates low as its yen dilemma worsens https://q-ax.com/boj-will-remain-a-dovish-outlier-keep-rates-low-as-its-yen-dilemma-worsens/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 10:37:00 +0000 https://q-ax.com/boj-will-remain-a-dovish-outlier-keep-rates-low-as-its-yen-dilemma-worsens/
  • BOJ expected to maintain short- and long-term rate targets
  • Decision expected June 17, 02:30-05:00 GMT
  • Yen weakness becomes a new headache for the BOJ
  • Governor Kuroda is expected to brief the media at 06:30 GMT

TOKYO, June 13 (Reuters) – The Bank of Japan is expected to keep interest rates extremely low on Friday, unfazed by a relentless fall in the yen which is pushing up import costs and showing few signs of slowdown as other central banks around the world withdraw monetary stimulus.

The yen’s weakness, once welcomed for the boost it gives the export-dependent economy, has become a source of concern for Japanese policymakers as it inflates already rising import costs and inflicts household difficulties.

The deepening dilemma for the central bank was evident last week when BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda faced a firestorm of criticism on social media for saying households were increasingly accepting loans. higher prices.

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He was forced to retract that comment and on Monday returned to his long-held view that a weak yen was good for the economy. Read more

Despite grumbling about yen weakness, however, the BOJ is likely to keep interest rates ultra-low, believing a rate hike now would do more harm than good in cooling a fragile economy, three sources said. familiar with central banking thinking.

“The BOJ does not target exchange rates to guide monetary policy,” one of the sources said.

“What’s important now is to support the economy with an ultra-loose policy,” the source said. This view was echoed by the other two sources.

At a two-day meeting ending Friday, the BOJ is expected to keep its short-term rate target of -0.1% and its 0% ceiling for 10-year government bond yields unchanged.

The BOJ is caught in a new conundrum. While core consumer inflation exceeded its 2% target in April for the first time in seven years, the rise was mainly due to fuel and food costs.

Fearing that such cost-driven inflation could hurt consumption, the BOJ has repeatedly stressed its determination to keep monetary policy extremely loose until wage growth picks up.

But the BOJ’s dovish stance dragged down the yen, which weakened to 135.22 to the dollar on Monday, the lowest since 1998. That is hurting households by pushing up their cost of living.

While the BOJ could raise rates as a last resort if the yen soars in freefall, analysts doubt such a move could reverse a broad and strong trend in the dollar driven by the Reserve’s aggressive rate hike plans. US Federal.

“It’s clear that the BOJ has no intention of changing ultra-accommodative monetary policy anytime soon,” said Naomi Muguruma, senior economist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.

“But the environment surrounding the BOJ is changing rapidly,” she said. “If the yen slips below 140 or 145 to the dollar, the BOJ could be forced to raise its yield target.”

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Mars4 Metaverse is Selling Fast in Japan – Sponsored Bitcoin News https://q-ax.com/mars4-metaverse-is-selling-fast-in-japan-sponsored-bitcoin-news/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 11:01:40 +0000 https://q-ax.com/mars4-metaverse-is-selling-fast-in-japan-sponsored-bitcoin-news/

The cryptocurrency market is stagnating. Investors are cautious and hesitant to invest. Some initiatives, however, thrive even under such circumstances: Mars4, a game-to-win project, saw an increase in NFT sales. Mars4 is growing through scheduled releases (like a game demo) and the help of Japanese KOLs.

Mars4, a metaverse game, generated a surge in sales in the first weeks of June. Mars4’s use of a regional marketing strategy saw the majority of sales come from Japan. Together with KOLs such as Daisuke and Crypto Train, Mars4 is taking over the Japanese market. Yuzo Kano, a well-known crypto advocate and CEO of BitFlyer, had become interested in Mars4 a year earlier. This inspired the Mars4 team to create a Telegram group for Mars4 Japan, which was quickly followed by other cultural communities such as Turkey, Italy, China and others.

Some cultural channels are also available on Mars4 Discord, as the company tries to be inclusive for everyone, regardless of their native language.

Mars4 also plans to expand into other markets in other regions, which will result in greater project exposure and faster growth.

Explore and colonize Mars to earn money

Mars4 is a metaverse game that includes survival elements. Users will be able to participate in the Mars experience while earning money.

It was created using two important blockchain assets: cryptocurrency and NFTs.

Using Mars4, you can purchase a one-of-a-kind piece of Martian land. In the next video game, you will have complete freedom to explore, develop and terraform your land to improve your chances of survival.

NFTs for a variety of in-game vehicles and other products will also be available soon on Mars4.

NFTs are used for in-game objects and lands to grant players full control over their possessions. No one, including game developers, can take them away from users because they are kept on the blockchain.

As a landowner, you will have complete control over your land governance, from making it public to enlisting other players to help you grow your empire. The best thing is that you will be rewarded with MARS4 dollars for your time and effort.

MARS4 dollars are the in-game currency that can be used for several metaverse activities, including trading. The MARS4 dollar can be acquired both actively (through gambling) and passively (by other means, such as holding NFTs).

MARS4 dollars are altcoins, so anyone who earns them can use them beyond gaming. The integration of cryptocurrencies into computer games provides players with the opportunity to profit from their hobby.

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The community pool allows investors to earn NFTs passively. Every time you buy Mars4 NFTs, your productivity score improves. Landowners can choose to open the communal pool to the public and distribute its funds to NFT holders in amounts that depend on their productivity ratings. You will get more when distributing if the score is higher. As Mars4 is intended to be administered by the community, the voting system is the first step towards a DAO where anyone can be part of the governance of Mars4.

The Mars4 Community Pool is regularly replenished with MARS4 Dollars from many sources, including sales (both B2B and B2C) and advertising, with 20% of all revenue being reserved for the community. This strategy allows investors to get regular rewards for holding NFTs without putting in any effort.


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Live Updates: China’s May exports rose 16.9%, beating expectations https://q-ax.com/live-updates-chinas-may-exports-rose-16-9-beating-expectations/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 06:47:13 +0000 https://q-ax.com/live-updates-chinas-may-exports-rose-16-9-beating-expectations/

Chinese exports beat expectations in May, customs data showed, as the global recovery gave the country’s Covid-hit economy a boost.

Exports rose 16.9% in May from the same period a year earlier, beating the 8% forecast by economists polled by Reuters. Imports also rose more than expected, rising 4 percent.

The total value of exports for May was $308.3 billion and imports were $229.5 billion. That left China with a trade surplus of $78.8 billion for the month, 82% higher than the same period a year ago, the figures showed.

China also imported less crude oil and coal in volume between January and May than last year. Fuel imports fell 1.7% to 217 million tonnes and 13.6% to 95.9 million tonnes, respectively. However, the price per tonne of each fuel has increased significantly.

Reuters calculations based on the figures showed China’s coal imports fell in May from April as the country’s strict Covid-19 lockdowns hammered demand.

While the increase in exports in May reflected a temporary easing of some of the widespread lockdowns that had hit the economy the previous month, activity indicators in the manufacturing and services sectors still showed contractions from April. .

Iris Pang, chief economist for Greater China at ING, the Dutch bank, said the rebound in exports was largely the result of a resumption of port facilities in Shanghai that month.

“We view the May figures as a continuation of March’s 14.7% year-on-year export growth. If China’s future lockdowns follow the Beijing model, they should be more flexible, shorter and take less time. pressure on the economy,” she added.

US, South Korea fly 20 fighter jets amid North Korea tensions https://q-ax.com/us-south-korea-fly-20-fighter-jets-amid-north-korea-tensions/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 10:07:22 +0000 https://q-ax.com/us-south-korea-fly-20-fighter-jets-amid-north-korea-tensions/

SEOUL, South Korea — The South Korean and U.S. military flew 20 fighter jets over the waters off South Korea’s west coast on Tuesday in a continued show of force as a senior U.S. official warned of a forceful response if North Korea conducts its first nuclear test blast in nearly five years.

South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said the aerial demonstration involved 16 South Korean aircraft – including F-35A stealth fighters – and four US F-16 fighter jets and was intended to demonstrate their ability to respond quickly to North Korean provocations.

The flight came a day after allies fired eight surface-to-surface missiles into South Korea’s eastern waters to match a weekend missile display by North Korea, which fired the same number of guns from multiple locations on Sunday in what was probably his biggest single-day testing event.

North Korea could soon raise the bar as US and South Korean officials say the country is all but ready to carry out another detonation at its nuclear testing ground in the northeastern city of Punggye-ri. east of the country. Its last such test and sixth overall was in September 2017, when it claimed to have detonated a thermonuclear bomb designed for its intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Heading to Seoul to discuss the standoff with South Korean and Japanese allies, US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman warned of a ‘swift and forceful’ response if the North conducts another nuclear test .

While the Biden administration has pledged to push for additional international sanctions if North Korea proceeds with the nuclear test, the prospects for further meaningful punitive measures are unclear with the UN Security Council divided. .

“Any nuclear test would be in total violation of UN Security Council resolutions. There would be a swift and forceful response to such a test,” Sherman said, following a meeting with South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun-dong.

“We continue to urge Pyongyang to cease its destabilizing and provocative activities and choose the path of diplomacy,” she said.

Sherman and Cho are planning a trilateral meeting with Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Mori Takeo on the North Korean nuclear issue on Wednesday.

North Korea’s launches on Sunday extended a provocative streak of weapons testing this year that also included the country’s first ICBM demonstrations since 2017.

Since coming to power in 2011, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has accelerated the development of his weaponry despite limited resources. Experts say that with its upcoming test, North Korea could claim the ability to build small bombs that could be clustered on a multi-warhead ICBM or mounted on short-range missiles that could reach South Korea and the Japan.

Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said on Monday there were indications that one of the passages at the Punggye-ri testing ground had been reopened, possibly in preparation for a nuclear test.

Hours before Sherman’s meeting in Seoul, State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington that the United States remained concerned that North Korea might request its seventh test.” in the next few days”.

The Biden administration’s punitive actions regarding North Korea’s weapons testing in recent months have been limited to largely symbolic unilateral sanctions. Russia and China have vetoed a US-sponsored Security Council resolution that would have imposed additional sanctions on North Korea for its previous ballistic tests on May 25.

“We have called on members of the international community, certainly members of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, to be responsible actors in the UN Security Council as the preeminent forum to address threats to international peace and security,” Price said.

“Unilateral actions will never be the most attractive or even the most effective response, and that’s especially the case because we’re happy to have close allies in the form of Japan and the Republic of Korea,” he said. he said, referring to South Korea. official name, the Republic of Korea.

North Korean state media has yet to comment on Sunday’s launches. They came after the US aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan concluded a three-day naval exercise with South Korea in the Philippine Sea on Saturday, reportedly their first joint exercise involving an aircraft carrier since November 2017, as the countries are preparing to improve their defense exercises against North Korean threats.

North Korea has long condemned allies’ combined military drills as invasion rehearsals and has often countered with its own missile drills, including launches in 2016 and 2017 that simulated nuclear attacks on South Korean ports and US military installations in Japan.

Following the latest North Korean launches, the United States conducted separate joint missile exercises with Japan and South Korea, which it said were aimed at demonstrating its response capability.

Nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled since 2019 over disagreements over trading the release of crippling US-led sanctions over the North’s disarmament moves. Kim has since stepped up his testing activities despite mounting economic problems and has shown no willingness to completely give up an arsenal he sees as his best guarantee of survival.

His government has so far rejected offers from the Biden administration for open talks and clearly intends to convert the dormant denuclearization negotiations into a mutual arms reduction process, experts say.

Kim’s lobbying campaign has not been slowed by a COVID-19 outbreak that has spread to his largely unvaccinated population of 26 million amid a lack of public health tools. The North has so far rejected offers of help from the United States and South Korea, but there are indications that it has received at least some vaccine supplies from the Chinese ally.

South Korean activist Park Sang-hak, a North Korean defector who for years launched anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets by balloon across the border, said his group flew 20 balloons on Tuesday carrying medicine, masks and vitamins to help North Korean civilians.

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Three people were killed in the South Street shooting; What we know https://q-ax.com/three-people-were-killed-in-the-south-street-shooting-what-we-know/ Sun, 05 Jun 2022 19:27:15 +0000 https://q-ax.com/three-people-were-killed-in-the-south-street-shooting-what-we-know/

A young woman described as her mother’s “mini-me”. A former professional boxer who mentored young men and women. Resident Advisor at Girard College.

Police did not immediately name the three victims of Saturday night’s mass shooting on South Street in Philadelphia. But friends, family and colleagues took to social media on Sunday to mourn the loss of Kristopher Minners, 22; Alexis Quinn, 27; and Gregory “Japan” Jackson, 34, like those who lost their lives when violence erupted in the entertainment district.

Later Sunday, police confirmed that Quinn and Jackson died in the shooting.

Police said two of the people, including Quinn, were “innocent bystanders”. One of the men killed is believed to be involved in the incident.

The AFT Pennsylvania teachers’ union identified Minners as the resident counselor for sophomore boys at Girard College, a college-preparatory boarding school in the city.

“Our hearts are heavy today with the passing of Kris Minners, another victim of senseless gun violence,” the union said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to the family of Mr. Minners who woke up this morning missing someone at their breakfast table, to his colleagues who will be friendless and to his students who will be without mentors and role models. .”