Japan opts for continuity with Yoshihide Suga
Mr Suga, the long-time chief secretary of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet, swept a conservative Liberal Democrat leadership election almost assuring him that he will become prime minister after a vote in parliament in the coming days .
Mr. Suga, 71, should have little difficulty entering the post, write our correspondents. He vowed to pick up where Mr. Abe left off.
A bland politician?: While most of the main Japanese lawmakers come from elite political families, Mr. Suga is the son of a strawberry farmer and a schoolteacher from the rural north. But in many ways, he seems to be just another in a long line of stern Japanese politicians. The most exciting recent revelation about Mr. Suga, a dentist with a sweet tooth, was that he starts and ends with 100 situps every day.
Upcoming challenges: A major question is how long it will last. While he is seen as a safe pair of hands to tackle the country’s economic and strategic challenges, Mr Sugas’ longevity can be determined by his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the postponed Tokyo Olympics and tensions. growing countries with China.
TikTok agreement with Oracle moves to next test
ByteDance, the Chinese owner of TikTok, chose Oracle as an application partner for its US operations and rejected an offer to acquire Microsoft.
A U.S. committee will review the potential merger proposal and make a recommendation about it to President Trump this week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday. Companies have until September 20 to reach a deal that satisfies Trump administrations’ fears that TikTok poses a threat to national security. The arrangement would most likely give Oracle some oversight over US user data.
What is at stake: For ByteDances founder Zhang Yiming, the deal could determine whether his eight-year-old company becomes a global digital colossus or is reduced to a mere power player in China, where the internet market is maturing and competition is becoming more intense. Any resulting deal could still be a geopolitical piata between the United States and China. You can read more about TikTok in our DealBook newsletter.
TikTokers have their say: In this Op-Ed video, a group of very influential TikTokers from across the United States, with millions of followers, say that you should care about what happens to the app, even if you don’t use it not.
Locks are ravaging economies almost everywhere
The damage to major global economies from coronavirus lockdowns is more than four times as severe as that of the 2009 global financial crisis, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
The OECD said the severe restrictions dealt an unprecedented blow to second-quarter growth in almost every country except China, where the virus was first detected.
The growth of nations that are part of the Group of 20 (accounting for 80 percent of global economic output) fell from a record 6.9 percent from April to June compared to the previous three months. In 2009, the decline over the same period was 1.9%.
The OECD has warned that the global economy will be much worse off if a second wave of viral outbreaks leads governments to renew large-scale quarantines.
Details: The largest declines were recorded in India (minus 25.2%) and Great Britain (minus 20.4%). Growth in the United States fell by more than 9% and in the euro area by almost 15%. China was the only economy to rebound, with growth of 11.5%.
Here are our latest pandemic updates and maps.
In other developments:
India reported 92,071 new cases on Monday, the fifth day in a row that new cases have exceeded 90,000 in the country, according to a New York Times database. India has second highest number of cases in the world after the United States
Ethiopia, which has one of the highest numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths in Africa, has partnered with a Chinese company to increase testing capacity.
In France, the cities of Marseille and Bordeaux significantly tightened restrictions on public gatherings on Monday after officials reported a worrying increase in new cases.
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Mulan sparkles in China
Disney had hoped to create a sensation in China, the world’s second-largest film market, with its $ 200 million remake of Mulan. But the response has been lukewarm at best.
Chinese moviegoers pointed to historical inconsistencies. Many complained that the real Mulan, who in the original poem was from the northern steppe of China, would never have lived in a tulou, the round, earthen buildings that are the traditional homes of the Hakka in the far south. . The filmmakers were trying too hard to look to China, viewers said, and did not put enough effort into correcting their historical facts.
Here is what else is happening
Life on Venus: With powerful telescopes, astronomers detected a chemical phosphine in the thick atmosphere of Venus that they believe can only be explained by the presence of something now alive.
Aleksei Navalny: French and Swedish laboratories have confirmed that the substance used to poison the Russian opposition leader was indeed a form of the nerve agent Novichok. The results align with Germany’s findings and strengthen the evidence for Russian state involvement.
War crimes in Yemen: U.S. officials are concerned about the legal risk of backing Saudi Arabia and the Emirates as they waged a disastrous war in Yemen, using U.S. materiel in attacks that have killed civilians.
Instantaneous: Above, rescue workers in southern Oregon. Wildfires in the West have burned more than five million acres, destroyed many homes and killed at least 26 people. It is the worst thing I have ever seen, said one Oregon resident.
What were reading: This series of articles in Eater on snacks: a celebration of salty, sweet, crunchy and sticky treats. Editor-in-Chief Jillian Rayfield writes that I too had one too many Aunt Annes pretzels at the dismal location of Penn Station, and I’m glad it’s his due.
Now a break from the news
Cook: This kongguksu, a Korean cold noodle soup with soy milk, requires just five ingredients: cucumbers, dried soybeans, pasta, salt and water. There is a minimum of hands-on work, but overnight soaking time is required, so plan ahead.
Watch: Nomadland, a film written and directed by Chlo Zhao, won first prize at the Venice Film Festival. The drama stars Frances McDormand as a nomadic woman across America after the recent recession.
Listen: Bruce Springsteens Letter to You and Sidi Tours Wakey Kama are some of the songs from our latest pop critics playlist.
There is so much to enjoy while staying at home. We have a full collection of ideas on what to read, cook, watch and do in our At home section.
And now for the Back Story on
The future of fashion
New York Fashion Week is booming, with most programming going digital due to the pandemic. Vanessa Friedman, our chief fashion critic, writes that there is angst in the air as the fashion world looks to the future. She discussed it with four people at the heart of it all: Tory Burch, of the eponymous brand; Virgil Abloh, of Off-White and Louis Vuitton menswear; Gwyneth Paltrow, of Goop; and Antoine Arnault, from LVMH. Here is an exerpt.
Vanessa: Do you think this marks a turning point in fashion?
Antoine: A lot of things will be decided after the next two series of concerts. Showing is certainly not essential. However, sometimes you have to show what you are actually creating.
Virgil: We were looking at a watershed moment for the next generation to truly take place. We know the names of Karl Lagerfeld, Margiela, Yves Saint Laurent how they revolutionized the industry from sewing to ready-to-wear. In my generation, we brought streetwear into the fold, and now we are seeing its effect in the luxury market. I think this is a time when we can redefine what fashion means.
Vanessa: Is it true that sweatpants are now ruling the world?
Tory: Obviously, people dress more casually, but what interests me is that people buy in all categories. I don’t know where they are going, but they are buying things. Whether they dress for Instagram or for small parties or whatever, they look at fashion in a way that helps them escape.
Gwyneth: We just had a dress launch, and we were worried about the timing, but I was surprised how well they did. It has been interesting to see where people are concentrating, from a lot of loungewear and home workout products to kitchenware, at home and now in fashion.
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