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There is no deadline to decide the fate of the 2020 Olympic Games

On Tuesday, March 17, the IOC held an emergency meeting to discuss whether or not to maintain the 2020 Olympic Games in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If the 2020 Olympics must be canceled because of COVID-19: How big is the damage?

The IOC will hold an emergency meeting today, March 17 at its headquarters in Lausanne (Switzerland) to decide whether or not to maintain the deployment of the 2020 Olympic Games, amid the COVID-19 hurricane center. But in a speech ahead of the meeting, John Coates, president of the coordinating organization of the Tokyo 2020 organization, said that there would be no deadline for canceling or not canceling the Olympic Games in Japan so everything was proceeding normally.

Before leaving from Switzerland back to Australia – where a two-week quarantine is definitely needed, John Coates also said the opinion of Dick Pound – a veteran member of the IOC executive committee – about whether to cancel. Tokyo 2020 in May or not is just a personal opinion, not an attitude of the IOC.

Now the president of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates, declared: “The IOC does not record any date that Dick mentioned and I think Dick has given up this thought.

Earlier, both Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and IOC president Thomas Bach confirmed that the Olympics were still being prepared as planned. The main problem at the Swiss emergency meeting was just to consider the progress of the qualifier as well as how the athletes brought to Japan to avoid spreading COVID-19.

“The difficulty for athletes who qualify or are about to qualify is that they won’t have any more international competitions to rub against”, admitted John Coates.

The Chinese players are scattered all over Europe and the latest information I heard is that they will gather to a university in Paris, which can hold all 600 members. From here, they will go straight to Japan. They won’t let anyone stick COVID-19 on the plane.”

Japan uses robotic assistant for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have revealed two robots and a robot chassis will be deployed to help workers and attendees.

When the Olympics came to London in 2012, the organizers relied on an army of volunteers to help sports teams, supporters and the press. But during the Olympics coming to Tokyo in 2020, people will be getting robots to undertake some of the same tasks of human volunteers.

Recently, the organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have revealed two robots and a robot chassis will be deployed to help workers and attendees of these two sporting events.

Two robots, manufactured by Toyota, will guide people to their seats, provide information and bring food and drinks. It’s a human-assisted robot (HSR), which has a built-in arm to pick up trays and baskets, and a delivery-assistance robot (DSR), which looks like a portable trash can but can also carry items around.

Sixteen robots will be deployed at venues of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and organizers hope they will be particularly useful for users with disabilities.

Toyota said it expects these robots to be sold to the public by 2030. In recent years, the Japanese automaker has invested more resources into robot technology, aiming to expand its supply business solutions in Japan.

In addition to the robots above, the robot chassis called Power Assistant Suit manufactured by Panasonic will also be used. The framework will be worn by workers to help them lift and move heavy objects and luggage.

“We want a society where people can work without regard for gender differences or age differences”, said Panasonic General Manager Yoshifumi Uchida.

Olympic is often an opportunity for host countries to show cultural or technological achievements. And indeed, when Japan hosted the 1964 Olympics, it launched its iconic Shinkansen bullet train. The 1964 Olympics were also considered a turning point for Japan when it transformed from a country recovering from the devastation of World War II to a developed country.

Japanese football is affected by the COVID-19 epidemic

It was Japanese football’s turn to freeze because of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Japanese football is affected by the COVID-19 epidemic. The Japan Football Federation (JFA) has decided to postpone seven matches in the J-League League Cup scheduled for February 26, and said it would continue to consider suspending all matches in the country. until March 15 before the complicated situation of the COVID-19 epidemic.

The announcement came after a group of health experts on February 24 made a recommendation to the Japanese government warning the coming weeks would be an “important” period to prevent the new strain of Corona virus (COVID-19) from spreading can lead to loss of control.

Japan’s health minister has urged people to avoid crowds and unnecessary gatherings, and the government has urged businesses to encourage distance work and commuting during off-peak hours. J-League (the Japanese league BTC) would cooperate to the maximum to prevent the spread (of new strain of Corona virus) and anti-infectious measures, a statement said.

The latest decision was made when the opening of the 2020 Olympic Games (July 24) is getting closer. Event organizers have repeatedly stressed that the Olympics will not be canceled or delayed despite concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

The latest training for Olympic volunteers this year has been suspended for the weekend, while the marathon in Tokyo on March 1 has been closed to all freestyle athletes.

Currently, at least 156 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Japan, along with nearly 700 people on a cruise ship that has been isolated from the country in the past two weeks. Four people infected on board died. In Japanese interior, a death related to COVID-19.

Previously, football leagues in China, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak and South Korea were suspended, while a series of upcoming matches in Italy will be held in an audience-free stadium.

Japan let one person with Corona virus get off the Diamond Princess cruise

The Japanese Times reported that after testing and letting nearly 1,000 Diamond Princess passengers embark onboard, the country left a woman positive for Corona virus (Covid-19).

According to the Japan Times, more and more doubts have been raised about quarantine work on the government’s Diamond Princess yacht. On February 22, news broke out about a woman who was positive for the Corona virus after being allowed to leave the train and return home.

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The information was later confirmed by the provincial government Tochigi, the hometown of female travelers infected with the Corona virus. On Saturday (February 22), the Japanese government was heavily criticized after letting 23 tourists aboard the Diamond Princess leave without additional testing.

“I am sorry about my mistake. We will try our best not to make the same mistakes again”, said Katsunobu Kato, Minister of Health of Japan.

The woman from Tochigi Prefecture was the first to be found infected with Corona virus among 969 people allowed to leave the Diamond Princess. The person returned home by public transport and wore a mask during the move, the Tochigi prefectural government said.

“It is thought that people who left the ship were not at risk of the virus spreading. However, until now, it is clear that those people may be positive for Corona virus. We call on the government to take additional measures immediately”, said Tomokazu Fukuda, the mayor of Tochigi.

“There are still many shortcomings on board. There is no guarantee that these tests will not leave a person infected with the virus. Some people allowed to leave the ship can also test positive for Corona virus”, said Koji Wada, professor of public health research at the University of International Health and Welfare (Japan).

Diamond Princess Yacht with 3,711 passengers and crew were quarantined at Japan’s Yokohama port since 4.2 after a traveler was positive for Corona virus. A total of 634 people on the cruise ship were infected with the virus, of which, 3 died.

The Government of Japan adopts record budget for the fiscal year 2020

In addition to social security, in Japan’s 2020 fiscal budget, defense spending increased 1.1% to 5,313.3 billion yen, a record high and marked the 8th consecutive year of increase.

The Japanese government on December 20 approved the next year’s budget of 102,658 billion yen (about US $939 billion), the largest ever, up 1.2% compared to 2019.

Spending on social security continues to account for a major portion of Japan’s 2020 fiscal budget with 35% of the total budget. The expected expenditure for social security in the fiscal year 2020 is 35,860.8 billion yen, an increase of 1,730.2 billion yen compared to fiscal 2019, which is equivalent to 5.1%.

This is the main reason for the total spending of the Japanese Government to increase.

In addition to social security, defense spending also increased by 1.1% to 5,313.3 billion yen, a record high and marking the 8th consecutive year of increase. This increase is supposed to strengthen and develop defense systems in new areas such as the universe, cyberspace, electromagnetic waves.

In contrast to the upward trend, spending on education and science of Japan in the fiscal year 2020 is estimated to decrease by 1.5%, expenditures related to public activities will also decrease by 0.8% compared to the fiscal year 2019.

In terms of budget revenue, with the increase in consumption tax from 8% to 10% from last October, Japan’s tax revenue will reach its highest level ever, but this amount is believed to be a gap compared to the government’s expenditure estimates, so Japan’s public debt will continue to rise.

Japan’s tax revenue estimate for the fiscal year 2020 is 63,513 billion yen, an increase of 1.6% compared to fiscal 2019. This increase will help Japan reduce its dependence on government bonds, expected total value. Bond issuance will be reduced by 0.5% compared to fiscal 2019, marking the 10th consecutive year of decline. However, due to the expansion of public works, Japanese government bonds for construction will increase by 2.3% compared to fiscal 2019.

Japan’s non-tax budget revenue for fiscal year 2020 is estimated at 6,588.8 billion yen, up 4.6%.

The total budget deficit of Japan in 2020 is forecast at 9,200 billion yen equivalent to 2019. The Cabinet meeting of the Government of Japan on December 20 also approved the tax regime reform outline for the fiscal course of 2020, which encourages businesses to use the existing accumulated capital from business activities.

According to the plan, the 2020 fiscal budget will be submitted to the Japanese National Assembly in January 2020 at the regular meeting and approved in the 2019 fiscal year (until April 2020).

Chinese pneumonia threatens the 2020 Olympic Games when it spreads to Japan

The outbreak of the Coronavirus (pneumonia) in China has raised concerns about a global pandemic that Japan faces the potential for infection to attack preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games.

According to initial statistics, the new virus killed 17 people and nearly 600 infected people affected the 2020 Olympic qualifying events taking place in China next month, resulting in the cancellation of matches. Boxing in Wuhan City, which is considered the focus of the outbreak, and women’s football qualifier moved to Nanjing.

Although Japan has only discovered one case, it has raised a great risk of infection when millions of travelers attend the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Kazuhiro Tateda, president of the Japan Association of Infectious Diseases, told a brief meeting on January 22 that they had to be very careful about what kind of infectious disease would appear at the Tokyo Olympics.

Organizers of the 2020 Olympic Games are working with the government. “Measures to deal with infectious diseases are an important part of our plan to host safe competitions”, the BTC representative of Tokyo 2020 said in a statement. The Japanese host, on 23 January, has raised the level of an infectious disease warning in Wuhan, urging citizens to avoid trips to the city.

This is not the first time fear of infectious diseases has threatened the Olympics. In 2016, the Zika virus caused some health experts to call for postponement or relocation of matches in Brazil. Until recently, Japanese health agencies were more concerned about increasing regular vaccinations before foreign visitors arrived this summer.

Ikuo Tsunoda, a microbiology professor at Kindai University, said the Coronavirus is quite dangerous, but the uncertain or incorrect information spread very quickly, but instead of trying to prevent and respond, rumors and frightening the public, causing a mess. The professor compared the new virus to the fear of mad cow disease in the early 2000s, causing Japan to ban beef imports from the United States and other countries, although there is little evidence of human transmission.

Japan is racing to face recognition technology with China

From shopping, banking to boarding procedures, an economy based on face recognition is going deep into Japanese society, allowing consumers to live without cash, without pockets or cards.

When visitors land at Nanki-Shirahama airport, west of Wakayama province, they are welcomed, not by the famous pandas in Shirahama town, but by a TV screen that says “Welcome to you – A “.

Visitors can buy chewing gum at the store with their own faces, entering the hotel room without a key. They can also go to Adventure World amusement park through the door through face recognition, then watch pandas and dolphins freely.

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, this is part of a face recognition test that Japanese electronics company NEC has conducted in Shirahama last month. The Japanese electronics maker believes that the convenience combined with the peace of mind of data security will be a winning formula in the face recognition technology market.

Research firm Mordor Intelligence of India predicts that the global face recognition market will double from 2018 to 2024, reaching US $9.1 billion, as the technology expands into driving fields, self-welding vehicles, financial and medical treatment.

There is no doubt that Chinese companies have dominated the field, as they have increased their rankings in terms of scale and accuracy. But when Washington and Beijing are aggressively competing for trade and technology, Japanese players are not on the sidelines either.

NEC’s world leading face authentication technology is based on the technology the company had set up half a century ago to decode text characters. In 1989, the company started researching face authentication, with an incorrect identification rate of about 30% in the early stages.

But NEC has continually improved the accuracy and speed of technology, applied artificial intelligence and developed an original algorithm. NEC’s false detection rate is now reduced to only 0.5%. Speed ​​and capability far exceed those of other companies, which is why NEC’s technology ranks first in the benchmark test of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company is one of the Chinese businesses that have earned money. They have become the largest surveillance camera manufacturer in the world, thanks in part to offering products at half the price of advanced vendors in the world.

Three of the players who surpassed NEC in the Top 2018 ranked by NIST were Chinese companies, including Yitu Technology Company, Shenzhen Advanced Technology Institute and SenseTime. This has been a spectacular step forward since 2013, when no Chinese company was in the Top 5.

But new barriers are rising as Washington and Beijing fall into trade and technology tensions. Hikvision’s growth has slowed, with sales increasing 10% per year in the first half of 2019 – only one third of 2017.

Japan spends nearly 150 million USD on buying desert islands to deal with China

The island, which the Japanese government paid for, will be used as Japan’s new military base, in its determination to protect the Diaoyu Islands, which Japan calls the Senkakus. This is also the focus of the Japanese territorial dispute with China in recent years.

The Japanese government recently completed the purchase of a deserted island, called Mageshima, located between Kyushu and Okinawa (Japan), for 16 billion yen (US $ 146 million).

Japan intends to develop the new island as a military base for the Japanese and American forces. Previously, the island was owned by a private company.

Mageshima is an island in the Osumi archipelago system of Japan. During the period near the end of World War II, there was an unimportant Japanese air base built on this island.

The military development plan on Mageshima island is part of Tokyo’s revised security doctrine. Japan is determined to protect its offshore islands, located in the southern region of the country, from the risk of escalating territorial disputes with China.

The Japanese government entered into a deal with Tokyo-based Taston Airport, in January 1919, to acquire Mageshima island, 8.2 km2 wide for 4.5 billion yen, owned by the company.

However, in May of this year, the deal was not possible when Taston Airport replaced the new chairman and asked for more money. The Japanese government had to agree to buy Mageshima island for 16 billion yen, after taking into account the amount of money Taston had invested in the island.

US military aircraft are currently not allowed to conduct flight operations at bases on mainland Japan, due to concerns about noise pollution. Therefore, aircraft from the US air base at Iwakuni, in central Japan, have to fly about 1,400km south to reach the base at Iwo To.

Mageshima Island is just 400km from Iwo To Island, making it an ideal location for the construction of a new base.

Tokyo also plans to relocate part of the U.S. military stationed in Okinawa to the new island, to reduce the inconvenience for local residents when affected by the noise, due to the presence of US troops.

There are hundreds of uninhabited islands off the coast of Japan, though the vast majority are small and lack the necessary infrastructure to support the lives of their inhabitants. However, there are also 40 other islands much larger, including the Senkakus Islands, which the Chinese call Diaoyu, in western Okinawa Prefecture – Japan. Currently, Japan is having territorial disputes at sea with China and Taiwan.

The Japanese parliament will consider approving a trade deal with the US

The Japanese government hopes that the National Assembly will pass this bill before the end of the 67-day meeting, which is expected to close on December 9 to complete the procedures before January 1, 2020 that America wants.

On October 15, the Japanese cabinet agreed on a bill to approve a new trade agreement with the US, paving the way for the agreement to be discussed in Congress.

The Government of Japan hopes that the National Assembly will pass this bill before the end of the 67-day meeting, which is expected to close on December 9, to complete the procedures before January 1, 2020, which is the term that the US wants the deal to take effect.

According to Kyodo news agency, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to explain the trade deal with the US in Congress. It is likely that parliamentarians will focus on the potential impact of this agreement on the Japanese economy and whether this agreement is in compliance with the provisions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) or is not.

The bilateral trade agreement between Japan and the United States was signed on October 7. Prime Minister Abe said that the deal protects Japan’s national interests. He affirmed that the agreement would benefit Japanese consumers, manufacturers, workers and all people.

Earlier, at a sideline meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 25, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump announced that the two sides had reached a bilateral trade agreement to Reduce taxes on agricultural and industrial products.

Accordingly, Japan will reduce import duties on US $7 billion of US agricultural products, including wheat, barley, beef and pork. In return, the United States reduced import duties on $40 million of Japanese farm produce and eased its duty-free import quotas on beef. This agreement does not cover the automotive sector.

According to the Japanese government, the reduction of tariffs on American goods will give people access to products such as beef, pork, cheese and wine at lower prices. In return, in order to mitigate the impact of this agreement on domestic farmers, the Abe administration plans to take measures to improve competitiveness before the agreement comes into effect.

It is likely that opposition party parliamentarians in Japan will focus on the nature of the US tax-related deal imposed on Japanese exports. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, who is also the head of the trade negotiation delegation with the US, said the two sides would continue to negotiate on automotive tax issues in the context of the automobile industry is witnessing the development trend of the car. electric and auto vehicles.

Currently, the US is applying a 2.5% tax on Japanese cars.

The US-Japan affirms the importance of the bilateral alliance

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump have affirmed their desire to strengthen and expand US-Japan alliance cooperation globally.

On June 28, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump met on the sidelines of the G20 Summit on GDC in Osaka City for two days. At the dialogue before the opening, the two leaders affirmed their desire to strengthen and expand US-Japan alliance cooperation globally.

Prime Minister Abe highlighted the strength of the alliance with the United States, emphasizing that brief meetings between the two leaders for a short time are evidence of the strength of the US-Japan alliance.

In addition to affirming that the US-Japan cooperation will bring about results for the G20 summit, Mr. Abe said that global issues would not be solved without the cooperation of the two countries. A Japanese government spokesman said the two leaders agreed that the security alliance between the world’s first and third-largest economies is stronger than ever.

However, speaking to the press, Japanese Deputy Chief of Cabinet Yasutoshi Nishimura revealed that the two leaders did not discuss the possibility of considering amending the bilateral security agreement after US President Donald Trump criticized the deal as a one-sided security treaty.

Meanwhile, in addition to welcoming a surge of investment from Japanese car manufacturers into the United States, President Donald Trump mainly deals with naitional defense equipment.

Regarding the North Korean issue, the two leaders reaffirmed the need to cooperate in resolving the nuclear issue, calling on the parties to return to the negotiating table.

Under the Japan-US security treaty, which has been in force for decades, the United States is committed to defending Japan, in exchange, Japan provides military bases that Washigton can use to show its strength in Europe. Asia, including Okinawa – the largest US naval base abroad, aims to deploy a group of attack aircraft carriers at Yokosuka naval base near Tokyo.

However, President Trump has recently criticized the agreement only as a benefit to Japan and would like to amend. According to experts, if the agreement ends, US-Japan relations deteriorate, Washington will have to withdraw most of its military presence in Asia.

This case will also force Japan to seek new alliances in the region and strengthen its defensive capabilities.