As Tokyo roads empty, speeding cars turn into deadly menace

As Tokyo roads empty, speeding cars turn into deadly menace

TOKYO — Though Tokyo’s streets are virtually empty, fatal car accidents are up. Both drivers and pedestrians seem to be flouting traffic rules as road traffic disappeared upon the government’s stay-at-home request, leading to higher instances of...
Southeast Asia rail projects stall as China focuses on recovery

Southeast Asia rail projects stall as China focuses on recovery

BANGKOK/BEIJING — As Asia focuses its resources on containing the coronavirus outbreak and its economic impact, large infrastructure projects funded by China have come to a standstill across Southeast Asia. Construction on a roughly 140-km high-speed rail link...
Japan’s coronavirus testing behind the curve, Abe admits

Japan’s coronavirus testing behind the curve, Abe admits

TOKYO — Japan’s coronavirus testing has been insufficient by international standards as the nation lacked the capacity to respond to a new epidemic outbreak, the government conceded Monday, recognizing a serious roadblock to reopening the economy. Prime...
Toshiba’s new shift: fewer days, less commuting, longer hours

Toshiba’s new shift: fewer days, less commuting, longer hours

TOKYO — Technology group Toshiba will begin a four-day workweek in June for employees on the plant floor, giving them one more day in exchange for longer hours while on site, maintaining the annual work hours.  It is part of a broader effort to help contain the...
Trump ups China blame game, pushes Wuhan lab theory

Trump ups China blame game, pushes Wuhan lab theory

NEW YORK — During a 43-minute virtual town hall meeting on Sunday night, U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned China more than 40 times, as he renewed his attack on the Asian country for mishandling the initial steps in the coronavirus outbreak.  “This...