Japan warns Skymark
Japan's transport ministry yesterday issued a warning to the Japanese budget air carrier Skymark Airlines, which admitted it operated three planes without routine maintenance inspections. The airline said it failed to inspect the wing flaps or check air filters for equipment used to cool beverages on board the planes. The company said the items were in good shape and passed later inspections, but expressed regret for its failure to meet the inspection deadlines. The transport ministry issued a written warning to the company, which said it would submit measures to prevent the same mistakes from recurring.
Yahoo, publishers team up
With newspaper publishers scrambling to assemble lucrative online advertising alliances, McClatchy Co has abandoned its nascent partnership with Tribune Co and Gannett Co to defect to another team of publishers negotiating a wide-ranging deal with Internet powerhouse Yahoo Inc, a published report said. An agreement between Yahoo and the consortium -- which already includes 12 publishers led by Hearst Corp and MediaNews Group Inc that represent more than 250 newspapers -- could be announced as early as next week, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site on Thursday night, citing unnamed people familiar with the discussions.
Nissan, NEC in joint venture
Nissan is tying up with electronics maker NEC in producing batteries for ecological vehicles, the companies said yesterday, signaling efforts by the Japanese automaker to catch up with rivals that have a head start in green technology. Nissan Motor Co, Japan's No. 3 automaker, and NEC Corp are investing ?490 million (US$4.1 million) to set up a joint venture, by the end of this month, to produce lithium-ion batteries for environmental vehicles including electric cars and hybrids by 2009, they said in a statement. Nissan plans to introduce its hybrid vehicle by 2010, executive vice president Carlos Tavares said.
GM mulls US Opel launch
General Motors (GM) is considering marketing other models made by its German arm Opel in the US, on top of the flagship Astra which is scheduled to be launched in North America at the end of the year, a source close to the company said yesterday. GM, the world's No. 1 car maker, "is considering exporting small fuel-efficient models to the US" under the Saturn brand, the source said. Opel's small Corsa and Vectra models were being looked at in particular for possible US launch, the source said, confirming corresponding press reports.
US, China discuss pact
The US is discussing a deal with China to liberalize air travel and hopes for a framework "open skies" agreement by next month, US Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said yesterday. Washington hopes to produce a formal agreement by the end of this year, said Peters, who was in Beijing to discuss the possible agreement with Chinese officials. Despite strong demand, there are an average of only 11 daily nonstop flights between China and the US, Peters said. By comparison, she said, there are 55 daily flights between the US and Germany.
At the start of their first-ever virtual World Health Assembly (WHA), WHO member states agreed to delay a controversial discussion on granting Taiwan observer status until later in the year. The agreement came after WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pledged to launch an independent probe to review the coronavirus pandemic response as soon as possible, and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) announced that China would provide US$2 billion over two years to fight the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout. Despite the US and other members stepping up pressure in recent days, the WHA unanimously agreed to postpone a decision on observer
Another automatic 30-day visa extension for foreigners who entered Taiwan on or before March 21 this year has been granted, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) announced yesterday during the Central Epidemic Command Center’s (CECC) daily news briefing. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had granted an initial automatic 30-day visa extension on March 21 for foreigners who entered Taiwan on or before that date with a visa waiver, visitor’s visa or landing visa — and another on April 17, as part of tightened border control measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Many foreigners who arrived in Taiwan on holidays or for
PROTEST SENT: Despite a wave of international support Taiwan did not receive an invite, which means that it and all WHO members would lose out, the two ministers said Taiwan deeply regrets and is very dissatisfied that it was not invited to attend the annual World Health Assembly (WHA), which began a virtual meeting yesterday, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said. During the Central Epidemic Command Center’s daily news conference, Chen, who heads the center, said that as of 2pm, Taiwan had not received an invitation to the meeting, which was to begin at 6pm Taiwan time. “We put in our efforts [to get invited] up until the last moment, but it seems that we are unlikely to be invited,
US lawmakers and officials are crafting proposals to push US companies to move operations or key suppliers out of China that include tax breaks, new rules and carefully structured subsidies. Interviews with a dozen current and former government officials, industry executives and members of Congress show widespread discussions underway — including the idea of a “reshoring fund” originally stocked with US$25 billion — to encourage US companies to drastically revamp their relationship with China. US President Donald Trump has long pledged to bring manufacturing back from overseas, but the spread of COVID-19 and related concerns about US medical and food supply chains