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  • China’s new cancer drug Toripalimab is approved in the US but will cost 30 times more | South China Morning Post

    A cancer drug developed by Chinese scientists and recently approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will cost over 30 times more in the United States than in China, with two other Chinese cancer drugs set to experience similar price bumps in the US market.

    Au temps pour le “développement et recherche” comme explication des prix astronomiques des médicaments.

    Arnaud Bertrand sur X :

    This case is particularly interesting because high drug prices in the US are always sold to the public as “the cost of innovation”, but obviously in this case the innovation happened in China so it’s pretty crystal clear it’s in fact just Americans getting screwed by their healthcare system ...

  • China is second most costly country to raise a child behind South Korea, report warns

    The cost of raising a child until the age of 18 is 6.9 times GDP per capita, twice the rate in Germany and three times that in France
    The report said more support for families was needed to help improve the country’s flagging birth rate

    China is one of the most costly countries in the world to raise a child, according to a new report, which called for more support for families in the face of the country’s flagging birth rate.

    The country is facing a looming demographic crisis as a result of its low birth rate – in part a legacy of the now-abandoned one-child policy – and India is poised to overtake it as the world’s most populous country this year.

    The study by the YuWa Population Research Institute said the cost of raising a child until the age of 18 in China was 6.9 times its gross domestic product per capita.

    The study by the YuWa Population Research Institute said the cost of raising a child until the age of 18 in China was 6.9 times its gross domestic product per capita.

    This was the second highest in the world, behind South Korea, where the cost is 7.79 times higher than its GDP per capita.

    It is also double the cost in Germany, where it is 3.64 times GDP per capita, and more than triple the rate in Australia and France, where it is 2.08 and 2.24 times respectively.

    South Korea has one of the world’s lowest birth rates. Last year the average number of babies expected per South Korean woman fell to 0.78, compared with 1.1 in China.

    “The high cost of childbearing is one of the most important factors affecting the willingness of families of childbearing age to bear children,” the report said.

    “To this end, policies to reduce childbearing costs for families of childbearing age need to be introduced at the national level.

    “Specific measures include cash and tax subsidies, house purchase subsidies, building more nurseries, providing gender-equal maternity leave, introducing foreign nannies, promoting flexible working styles, guaranteeing the reproductive rights of single women, allowing assisted reproductive technology and reforming the college entrance examination and school system.”

    A nationwide survey by the National Health and Family Planning Commission in 2017 found that 77.4 per cent of women of childbearing age said “heavy economic burdens,” were the top reasons for not wanting more children after feeling “too old” or “not having anyone to take care of the child”.

    The YuWa report estimated that the average cost of raising a child from birth to 17 years old in China is 485,000 yuan (US$69,430), while the cost of raising a child to college graduation is about 627,000 yuan.

    The average Chinese worker earned 105,000 yuan a year in 2021, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

    There is a significant urban-rural divide as well. The average cost of raising a child to age 17 in cities is 630,000 yuan, more than twice the cost in the countryside.

    The average cost of raising a child in Beijing and Shanghai is 969,000 yuan and 1,026,000 yuan, respectively, while the cost for families in Tibet is only 293,000 yuan.

    Policymakers in China have been seeking ways to encourage birth rates in recent years, while in 2022, deaths outnumbered new births for the first time in six decades.

    Last year, China’s birth rate fell to a record low of 6.77 per 1,000 people, while the overall population fell by 850,000 to just over 1.41 billion.

    Chinese mothers gave birth to 9.56 million babies – the lowest total in modern history and the first time the figure has dipped below 10 million.

    India is set to surpass China as the world’s most populous country, hitting almost 1.43 billion people, according to United Nations estimates.

    #Chine #éducation #vie_chère #enfants #familles

  • Top German wolf warrior wants China to end war the West sponsors

    Pour les Chinois connaissant la politique occidentale la ministre des affaires étrangères allemande est une précieuse ridicule. L’auteur du South China Morning Post de #Hong_Kong se moque d’elle en l’appellant une guerrière loup qui aurait mieux fait rester chez elle pour assouvir ses besoins d’écologiste.

    14.4.2023 My Take by Alex Lo

    It’s unlikely Annalena Baerbock will convince Beijing during her visit to toe line of Washington, Nato and force Moscow to capitulate in Ukraine

    When a former peacenik makes a religious conversion to American-style neoconservative interventionism, she can be more gung-ho than your average Pentagon general.

    Here we have Annalena Baerbock, Germany’s warrior foreign minister, who is going to Beijing to tell China to behave and follow instructions – or else.

    “China bears a special responsibility for world peace,” she said ahead of her trip. “The role that China plays with its influence vis‑a‑vis Russia will have consequences for the whole of Europe and for our relationship with China.

    “At the top of my agenda … is our interest in bringing the war on our European doorstep in Ukraine to a swift, lasting and just end.”

    I am sure she will find a receptive audience in Beijing by issuing a direct threat before starting her visit.

    The leader of the Greens, the once peace-loving lefty party of Germany, Baerbock has openly declared that her country, along with Nato and the United States, is fighting a war against Russia.

    This is what she said at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, on January 24: “We are fighting a war against Russia … We can fight this war only together.”

    Let me include the whole passage lest someone accuse me of quoting out of context: “Yes, we have to do more to defend Ukraine. Yes, we have to do more also on tanks. But the most important and the crucial part is that we do it together, and that we do not do the blame game in Europe, because we are fighting a war against Russia, and not against each other.

    “Obviously, Ukraine needs more military support, but not only by one country like mine or the US, by all of us. We can fight this war only together.”

    The day after her speech, Berlin announced it was sending 14 cutting-edge Leopard 2 tanks – and would allow other countries to send theirs as well – to Ukraine. Earlier in January, she visited the front lines in eastern Ukraine to rally for more Western weapons.

    So, let me wrap my head around her warning against China. The collective West has been sending endless weapons and military training, along with the provision of real-time intelligence on Russian troop movements and targets, but it is China’s responsibility to get Russia out of Ukraine.

    Beijing has supplied no weapons or intelligence to Moscow’s war machine and is the only world power to have offered something that resembles a peace proposal.

    Baerbock reminds me of an internet meme a while back: “Sorry, but I can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome I am.” It seems she is so mesmerised by the awesomeness of her Churchillian war-rallying cries she can’t be bothered to gauge how she sounds to others.

    She is probably too used to adulation and cheerleading – “Germany is waking up to its historic responsibility” blah, blah, blah – at Nato headquarters and in Washington.

    Her country is now at the forefront of the European Union’s military resurgence, led by a former peacenik.

    There is the minor problem, though, that most people in the EU want the war to end quickly by starting negotiations. According to a December poll conducted by the Project Europe Research of Szazadveg, a Hungarian think tank, an overwhelming 82 per cent of people in the EU agreed with the statement that “Russia and Ukraine should be forced into peace talks to end the war”.

    Somehow the majority voices don’t count in Europe – despite repeated surveys showing similar results and mass rallies across the continent – when it comes to prosecuting the war in Ukraine.

    It’s hard not to conclude Baerbock’s China trip is more window-dressing to show Western warmongers like her are reasonable people, and it’s the Chinese who won’t play to the tunes of Washington and Nato to force Moscow to capitulate.

    As a greenie, she might have helped Mother Earth by saving her trip and its carbon footprint from her state jet to China.

    Alex Lo has been a Post columnist since 2012, covering major issues affecting Hong Kong and the rest of China. A journalist for 25 years, he has worked for various publications in Hong Kong and Toronto as a news reporter and editor. He has also lectured in journalism at the University of Hong Kong.

    Le site Nachdenkseiten nous offre une traduction du commentaire du SCMP.
    Le traducteur allemand de l’article se trompe quand il explique la signification du titre du commentaire.

    L’expression « diplomatie du guerrier loup » ("wolf warrior diplomacy") est un terme répandu parmi les diplomates chinois qui désigne une attitude agressive, cherchant le conflit avec la Chine. Il représente l’équivalent du « guerrier froid » dans les relations internationales ou du « faucon » en général.

    Cet article de Wikipedia nous permet une meilleure compréhension de la fine ironie d’Alex Lo.

    La diplomatie du guerrier loup se caractérise par l’utilisation par les diplomates chinois d’une rhétorique de confrontation, ainsi que la volonté accrue des diplomates de repousser les critiques à l’égard de la Chine et de susciter la controverse dans des interviews et sur les médias sociaux. Il s’agit d’une rupture avec l’ancienne politique étrangère chinoise, qui s’attachait à travailler en coulisses, à éviter la controverse et à privilégier une rhétorique de coopération internationale, illustrée par la maxime selon laquelle la Chine « doit cacher sa force » dans la diplomatie internationale. Ce changement reflète la façon dont le gouvernement chinois et le PCC entendent interagir avec le monde entier.

    Quand les représentants de deux nations différentes s’expriment de la même façon ce n’est pas la méme chose.

    Les efforts visant à incorporer la diaspora chinoise dans la politique étrangère de la Chine se sont également intensifiés, l’accent étant mis sur la loyauté ethnique plutôt que nationale.

    Alex Lo dessine implicitement l’image d’une diaspora allemande en Chine incorporée dans la politique étrangère allemande C’est fort drôle à cause de sa taille minuscule en comparaison avec la diaspora chinoise en occident. Ce faisant il qualifie de mégalomane l’attitude d’Annalena Baerbock par rapport à la Chine. Ici sa fine ironie prend la même signification comme la maivaise blague qui présente la politicienne verte comme « la pire ministre des affaires étrangères allemande depuis Ribbentrop ».

    #Chine #Allemagne #OTAN #Ukraine

  • Nasal spray #Covid-19 vaccine co-developed by Hong Kong scientists approved for emergency use in mainland China in ‘historic breakthrough’ | South China Morning Post

    Yuen said the nasal vaccine would serve as a complement to, but not as a replacement for, conventional vaccination.


  • Le scandale des “cueilleurs de myrtilles” thaïlandais exploités en #Finlande

    Depuis plusieurs années, des milliers de Thaïlandais se rendent en Finlande pour travailler à la #cueillette des myrtilles. Ils sont attirés par des salaires qu’ils ne pourraient jamais gagner chez eux, mais, une fois sur place, les conditions sont loin d’être idylliques. Certains d’entre eux ont fait appel à la justice.

    L’expérience de Praisanti Jumangwa en Finlande remonte à presque dix ans, mais le récit que livre ce Thaïlandais au South China Morning Post (https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/people/article/3198442/thai-migrant-workers-demand-action-berry-picking-hardships-finland-go-unheard) reste riche en détails.

    “En 2013, un recruteur est arrivé dans notre village et a dit qu’on serait payés entre 2 600 et 5 220 euros pour cueillir des #myrtilles_sauvages en Finlande pendant deux mois.”

    Il s’agit d’un salaire mirobolant comparé à ce que peut gagner un agriculteur thaïlandais dans son pays, ce qui pousse Praisanti Jumangwa à accepter l’offre et à se rendre dans ce pays du nord de l’Europe, où il restera de juillet à octobre cette année-là.

    De toute évidence l’expérience n’a pas été à la hauteur de ses attentes puisque, “le mois dernier, Praisanti et plus d’une douzaine d’autres cueilleurs de myrtilles ont décidé de présenter une pétition (adressée notamment au Parlement et au ministère du Travail thaïlandais) pour demander d’accélérer les indemnisations et les poursuites judiciaires inhérentes à leur cas”, note le média de Hong Kong.

    Certains Thaïlandais ont donc fait appel à la #justice après leur expérience en Finlande, mais pourquoi ?

    Promesses salariales non tenues, horaires à rallonge, conditions de logement déplorables, un autre témoignage recueilli par le média anglophone, celui de Teerasak Pakdinopparat, permet d’y voir plus clair.

    “Je travaillais du lever au coucher de soleil, c’est-à-dire de 4 heures du matin à 11 heures du soir, raconte ce Thaïlandais de 44 ans qui, lui, était en Finlande cette année, de juillet à octobre. Dans notre campement, on était jusqu’à six personnes pour partager un espace de 3 fois 3 mètres, et il y avait seulement trois toilettes pour plus de 100 personnes.”

    “Il ne me restait plus que 247 euros”

    Quant à la question salariale, “après avoir cueilli 1 681 kilos de myrtilles et près de 700 kilos d’#airelles rouges [selon ses fiches de paie], Teerasak a gagné 2 772 euros”, nous apprend le South China Morning Post. Peu, très peu lorsque l’on calcule qu’après des dépenses comme “le loyer, la voiture, l’essence, les vêtements, une carte SIM et un prêt de l’entreprise, il ne lui restait que 247 euros”. En 2013, déjà, Praisanti Jumangwa avait été payé beaucoup moins que ce que lui avaient promis ses “recruteurs”.

    Pour le syndicaliste thaïlandais (établi en Finlande) Promma Phumipan, le recours à la #tromperie sur les salaires par les agences thaïlandaises qui recrutent ce personnel est une pratique récurrente, et celles-ci ne s’arrêtent pas là, puisqu’elles embaucheraient aussi des travailleurs avec des visas touristiques.

    Le PDG d’une entreprise finnoise emprisonné

    Des pratiques frauduleuses qui commencent à être dans le viseur de la justice finnoise, puisque, selon le quotidien de Hong Kong, “les plaintes de Teerasak et de son groupe ont eu pour conséquence l’emprisonnement du PDG d’une entreprise finnoise et d’un recruteur thaïlandais représentant trois entreprises finnoises qui avaient demandé à embaucher environ 800 travailleurs”.

    Presque une goutte d’eau dans l’océan car, selon le militant Junya Yimprasert, plus de 110 000 travailleurs se sont rendus en Finlande et en #Suède pour cueillir des myrtilles entre 2005 et 2022. Beaucoup d’entre eux ont été exploités, mais encore très peu de responsables de ces abus sont punis.

    #travail #saisonniers #migrations #myrtilles #agriculture #exploitation #fruits_rouges #baies #petits_fruits

  • Hong Kong can only fully reopen borders if Covid-19 vaccination rate improves, finance chief says | South China Morning Post

    Hong Kong can only fully reopen borders if Covid-19 vaccination rate improves, finance chief says. ‘It has been extremely challenging to strike a balance between curbing the pandemic and facilitating travel, while preserving the economy’, Paul Chan says Pandemic adviser to government predicts infections spread by more transmissible variants will peak in coming week
    Updated: 11:19pm, 11 Sep, 2022
    Why you can trust SCMP
    Hong Kong can fully reopen to the world only if its Covid-19 vaccination rate improves further, the city’s finance chief has said, crediting effective pandemic control as the “fundamental stabilising force” of the local economy.Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po struck a cautious note on Sunday even as health officials reported the possible start of a downward trend in daily cases, and a pandemic adviser to the government predicted infections spread by more transmissible variants would peak in the coming week.“It has been extremely challenging to strike a balance between curbing the pandemic and facilitating travel, while preserving the economy,” Chan wrote on his official blog. “Only with concerted efforts to further expand the vaccination scheme will we have more leeway to resume international travel, stabilising the economy and restarting the impetus for growth to the greatest extent possible.”
    According to the government, 93 per cent of residents have taken a first vaccine shot, and 91 per cent have received a second, while 74 per cent have completed all three. But the rate for residents aged 80 or above remains just 67 per cent for two shots and a mere 51 per cent for three.
    Authorities have struggled to get those numbers up as infections have rebounded in recent weeks. Health officials on Sunday confirmed 9,033 new cases, of which 129 were imported, and 11 more deaths related to the virus. The city’s Covid-19 tally stood at 1,651,974, with 9,799 fatalities.
    Professor Lau Yu-lung, chair professor of paediatrics at the University of Hong Kong and who advises the government on the pandemic, forecast new infections would crest in the next three to seven days after plateauing at about 10,000 in the past week.The viral load in sewage had also shown signs of flattening, while the number of infected patients being treated in hospital between Thursday and Saturday had declined, he noted.
    “There might be a small rebound after the three-day holiday,” Lau said, adding that as long as residents adhered to social-distancing measures, the public had no cause for concern.
    If the vaccination rate among the elderly and those under five years of age both reached at least 80 per cent, the government might consider laying out a timeline for easing pandemic curbs, he suggested, predicting that could happen in November.The government last week announced the vaccine pass scheme restricting access to most public places would be expanded to require children as young as five be inoculated with at least one jab by September 30 and two shots by the end of November.
    Vaccine pass for kids from 5: what Hong Kong parents should know
    11 Sep 2022. As of Sunday, 2,711 Covid-19 patients were in hospital, including 54 in critical condition and 57 in a serious one. Hospital Authority Chief Manager Dr Larry Lee Lap-yip described the patient numbers as having “stabilised”.But the number of elderly sent to the makeshift treatment facility at AsiaWorld-Expo continued to rise, Lee noted, adding a plan to increase bed capacity from 240 to 280 after the holiday remained.
    “We dare not to let our guard down because based on our experience, changes, growth or declines in the pandemic can happen rapidly,” he said.
    Reacting to Chan’s blog entry, Travel Industry Council chairwoman Gianna Hsu Wong Mei-lun expressed hope that the government would provide a road map to further relax the “3+4” policy that requires arrivals to spend three days in hotel quarantine and four more monitoring their health at home.“Any quarantine measure is an obstacle to revitalise local tourism”, Hsu said, adding the current administration had always maintained that any easing of the rule would be based on scientific data on infection numbers but stopped short of stating what numbers would be acceptable or how a lower figure could be achieved.“When people travel, they need to tour around and enjoy the food. That’s how travelling should be. But if they have an amber code, even if the quarantine is cut to ‘0+7’ or even ‘0+3’, there is no way you could attract inbound travellers with such restrictions,” she said, referring to the vaccine pass QR code given to travellers upon arrival.
    Ray Chui Man-wai, chairman of the food and beverage industry group Institute of Dining Art, said the strategies the government had adopted to tackle the pandemic were “problematic”, noting the government had failed to set a target vaccination rate.“.
    Separately, authorities also made a change to the English-language version of information for people who tested positive posted on the website of the Centre for Health Protection. It now stated that anyone who tested positive using a rapid antigen test (RAT) “have to” report the results instead of only “can” report them.But Chuang clarified that reporting positive RAT cases was “not yet compulsory by law at the moment”.“[But] we would like the people to report so we don’t want them to feel like it’s optional,” she said.


  • Japan travel sector calls for ‘hugely damaging’ Covid-19 entry curbs to end as economy rebounds | South China Morning Post

    Japan travel sector calls for ‘hugely damaging’ Covid-19 entry curbs to end as economy rebounds. Japan’s economy grew at an annualised rate of 2.2 per cent in the second quarter of 2022, with private consumption up 1.1 per cent, official data shows
    Travel sector says the government should remove entry curbs immediately so more tourists can visit Japan and help boost the economy, spending
    Japan’s economy fared better than anticipated in the April-June quarter, but the travel sector insists it could perform even more impressively if the government would only relax restrictions on foreign tourists. Government statistics released on Monday show that the economy expanded at an annualised rate of 2.2 per cent in the second quarter after recording zero growth in the first three months of 2022


  • New Zealand welcomes back first cruise ship since Covid-19 pandemic began | South China Morning Post

    New Zealand welcomes back first cruise ship since Covid-19 pandemic beganThe Pacific Explorer docked in Auckland with about 2,000 guests and crew as part of a 12-day return trip to Fiji that left from Sydney. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash said it is a ‘step closer to resuming business as usual’ after the country lifted all remaining Covid curbs two weeks ago
    Published: 8:59am, 12 Aug, 2022
    New Zealand on Friday welcomed the first cruise ship to return since the coronavirus pandemic began, signalling a long-sought return to normalcy for the nation’s tourism industry.New Zealand closed its borders in early 2020 as it sought at first to eliminate Covid-19 entirely and then later to control its spread. Although the country reopened its borders to most tourists arriving by plane in May, it wasn’t until two weeks ago that it lifted all remaining restrictions, including those on maritime arrivals. Many in the cruise industry question why it took so long. The end of restrictions allowed Carnival Australia’s Pacific Explorer cruise ship to dock in Auckland with about 2,000 passengers and crew Friday morning as part of a 12-day return trip to Fiji that left from Sydney.Nash said it would take some time for international tourist numbers and revenues to return to their pre-pandemic levels, when the industry accounted for about 20 per cent of New Zealand’s foreign income and more than 5 per cent of GDP.“I think there’s been many people in the tourism sector who have done it hard over the last two years,” Nash said. “But we’ve always taken an approach where we need to ensure that we get the health response right. Because if we don’t, we know the consequences are dire.”Not everybody is happy with the return of tourists. A sail boat carrying protesters upset about the industry’s impact on the environment followed the Pacific Explorer into the harbour on Friday, before passengers were greeted with an Indigenous Māori welcome and a visit by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.


  • La Chine a presque achevé son « palais céleste » en orbite autour de la Terre - Numerama

    La Chine a réussi à connecter le premier laboratoire à sa station spatiale Tiangong. Un deuxième module doit arriver en octobre. Elle sera alors complète.

    Le « palais céleste » a désormais une « salle » de plus. Depuis le 25 juillet, la station spatiale chinoise Tiangong (« palais céleste » en chinois) accueille en effet un module supplémentaire, baptisé Wentian, qui offre aux actuels trois taïkonautes à bord (deux hommes et une femme) un espace plus volumineux pour vivre, mais aussi travailler. Car Wentian joue le rôle de laboratoire dans lequel les différents équipages pourront mener leurs expériences.

    Il a fallu environ treize heures à Wentian pour rejoindre Tiangong, qui orbite autour de la Terre à un peu moins de 400 kilomètres d’altitude. Le module a quitté la Chine le 24 juillet, grâce à une fusée Longue Marche 5 partie de la base de lancement de Wenchang, située dans l’extrême sud du pays, sur l’île de Hainan. Après son périple de plusieurs heures, il a rejoint avec succès le module central de Tiangong, appelé Tianhe.

    Une station spatiale presque achevée
    Avec cette étape, la Chine a désormais presque achevé l’assemblage de Tiangong. Il ne reste plus qu’un module à déployer, qui est en quelque sorte le jumeau de Wentian : Mengtian. Il s’agira là encore d’un laboratoire. Son lancement est prévu pour le mois d’octobre 2022. Les trois taïkonautes actuellement à bord — Cai Xuzhe, Chen Dong et Liu Yang — seront donc les premiers à opérer dans la version finale de la station, leur mission s’achevant en décembre.

    Pour le programme spatial chinois, 2022 restera de facto comme une grande année avec l’achèvement de la station spatiale Tiangong. Si elle reste d’une taille bien plus modeste que l’ISS (Tiangong a des dimensions spatiales semblables à l’ancienne station spatiale soviétique Mir), la structure orbitale constitue une démonstration éclatante des progrès considérables de l’Empire du Milieu dans la conquête spatiale.

    • On notera que la presse occidentale met surtout l’accent sur le retour non contrôlé du lanceur que sur l’avancement de la station spatiale.

      Pour le retour :

      Une fusée chinoise Longue Marche-5B s’est désintégrée au-dessus de l’océan Indien

      Un segment de la fusée spatiale chinoise lancée dimanche dernier a fait son retour non contrôlé dans l’atmosphère ce samedi et s’est désintégré au-dessus de l’océan Indien. Cette fusée n’a pas été conçue pour contrôler sa descente d’orbite. En 2020, des débris d’une autre fusée de ce type s’étaient écrasés sur des villages en Côte d’Ivoire, provoquant des dégâts, mais sans faire de blessés.

      Dans un communiqué publié sur son profil officiel WeChat, l’Agence spatiale chinoise a donné les coordonnées de l’impact : dans la mer de Sulu, à environ 57 kilomètres au large de la côte Est de l’île de Palawan aux Philippines.

      « La plupart de ses dispositifs ont été détruits » pendant la descente, a déclaré l’agence au sujet de la fusée d’appoint, qui a été utilisée dimanche dernier pour lancer le deuxième des trois modules dont la Chine avait besoin pour compléter sa nouvelle station spatiale Tiangong, qui devrait être pleinement opérationnelle d’ici la fin de l’année.

      L’agence spatiale malaisienne a pour sa part dit avoir détecté des débris de la fusée en train de brûler avant de tomber dans la mer de Sulu, au nord-est de l’île de Bornéo.

      « Les débris de la fusée ont pris feu en entrant dans l’espace aérien terrestre et le mouvement des débris en feu a également traversé l’espace aérien malaisien et a pu être détecté dans plusieurs zones, notamment en traversant l’espace aérien autour de l’État du Sarawak », a-t-elle détaillé.

      Uncontrolled Chinese rocket fragments seen in Malaysia : ’We thought it was a shooting star’

    • Pourquoi le chinois est-il la seule langue utilisée dans la station spatiale chinoise ?

      Un autre utilisateur a déclaré : « Les États-Unis ont banni la Chine de la station spatiale "internationale" et maintenant vous vous attendez à ce que la Chine utilise une langue occidentale dans sa propre station spatiale ? »

      « Il n’y a aucune raison pour laquelle le mandarin, ne puisse pas être utilisé en dehors de la Chine, comme l’anglais est utilisé en dehors des pays anglophones », a pour sa part souligné un utilisateur nommé Richard Kerr2815, qui a autrefois travaillé pour Medical Group Business Services à l’Université de Californie.
      Les discussions animées ont soulevé une autre question : que feraient les astronautes étrangers s’ils voulaient aller dans la station spatiale chinoise ?

      Le développement aérospatial de la Chine est ouvert et inclusif, et la Chine espère que des astronautes étrangers travailleront dans la station spatiale chinoise, a déclaré Qi Faren, membre de l’Académie d’Ingénierie de Chine et premier concepteur en chef du vaisseau spatial Shenzhou, en décembre 2021.

      La semaine dernière, Tricia L. Larose a annoncé sur Twitter qu’elle embarquerait à bord de la station spatiale chinoise pour une mission de 31 jours. Mme Larose et son équipe mettent en œuvre un programme multi-européen de recherche sur les tumeurs, et l’étape finale consiste à tester leur théorie dans la station spatiale. Elle s’entraîne actuellement et devrait monter à bord de la station spatiale en 2025-2026.

    • Canadian cancer scientist hoping for role on China’s Tiangong Space Station | South China Morning Post

      Tricia Larose has shared images of her spacesuit training online. Photo: Twitter

      • Medical researcher Tricia Larose posted on Twitter that she would ‘happily’ take part in a mission following the launch of the Wentian laboratory module
      • Three years ago her cancer research project was selected as one of the experiments to be carried out in space

      sur l’oiseau bleu
      Dr. Tricia L Larose @TricLarose

  • Japan sees fewer foreign visitors even after opening border to tourists | South China Morning Post

    Japan sees fewer foreign visitors even after opening border to tourists
    The number of foreign arrivals was 120,400 compared with 147,000 in May – visitors in June were down 96 per cent compared with three years ago
    The country began accepting tourists on June 10, doubling the daily entry limit to 20,000 – most came from Vietnam, followed by China, then South Korea. Foreign visitors to Japan fell in June from the previous month, even after the country began taking steps to reopen its borders to tourists for the first time in more than two years.The total number of foreign arrivals was 120,400 compared with 147,000 in May, according to data released from the Japan National Tourism Organisation on Wednesday. Japan officially began accepting tourists on June 10, doubling the daily entry limit to 20,000 visitors.While the tally doesn’t provide a breakdown on the types of visitors, the decline suggests Japan isn’t seeing a flood of tourists even as a weaker yen makes visits more affordable.Tourists are still limited to group tours with strict controls – including mandatory mask-wearing, temperature checks and limited free movement – appearing to be making it difficult to plan for and attract visitors.Japan is facing its 7th Covid wave, but the tourism industry’s not worried. The biggest number of visitors came from Vietnam, followed by China, then South Korea.Before the pandemic, Japan was at the peak of a tourism boom, with inbound visitors reaching a record in 2019. Now, the island nation is one of the last remaining rich economies with strict border controls. Visitors in June were down 96 per cent compared with the same month three years ago.


  • Covid-19 patients under home quarantine to wear tracking wristbands from July 15, Hong Kong health minister says; city logs 2,863 infections | South China Morning Post

    Covid-19 patients under home quarantine to wear tracking wristbands from July 15, Hong Kong health minister says; city logs 2,863 infections
    Health chief Professor Lo Chung-mau also says government is studying to turn part of seven-day hotel quarantine into home isolation. Lo earlier unveiled plans for online bookings for Covid tests for travellers heading to mainland China.All Covid-19 patients under home quarantine will be required to wear tracking wristbands starting from Friday, Hong Kong’s health minister has announced, while revealing the government is preparing for a worst-case scenario as infection numbers rebound.The new plans came as the city recorded 2,863 cases, including 252 imported ones. Seven additional deaths were reported. Hong Kong’s overall coronavirus tally stands at 1,273,663 infections, with 9,419 related fatalities.Secretary of Health Professor Lo Chung-mau also said the government was studying to turn part of the seven-day hotel quarantine for arrivals from overseas into home isolation, to be conducted in a closed-loop arrangement.Lo announced the measures hours after he unveiled plans to allow online bookings for Covid-19 tests for travellers heading to mainland China via the Shenzhen Bay Port and expand the screening quota, apologising for long queues after people earlier swamped the border crossing.To tackle a backlog of nucleic acid tests at the border checkpoint, Lo said a booking system would be able to process 400 people per hour, with a peak of 500. He said the maximum daily capacity for tests would be raised to 2,500 from 1,300 with the company conducting them more than doubling screening machines from 23 to 47.“On Sunday morning, within three hours, about 1,200 people were crossing at the same time, so this created long queues,” Lo said. Shenzhen Bay Port, one of just two land passenger crossings that remain open amid the pandemic, was packed with crowds over the weekend after the Guangdong provincial city boosted the number of quarantine hotel rooms by 700 to 2,000 a day and added more spots for those in need.Earlier in the day, Lo shed some light on planned updates to the “Leave Home Safe” app, saying the aim was to enforce quarantine orders for those at home, adding that currently there was no way to ensure infected residents could not visit high-risk locations such as restaurants, hospitals and care homes.
    Lo, who first revealed officials were considering adjusting the “Leave Home Safe” app to require real-name registration a day earlier, stressed authorities were primarily considering a red health code for those who were found to be positive in nucleic acid tests, while real-name registration would make it easier to quarantine those infected.He also said a yellow health code, for example, could be used for overseas arrivals who were quarantining at home, as potentially they could be infected with Covid-19.
    “These are people who shouldn’t enter high-risk locations but can go to work point to point,” he said. Macau closes the Grand Lisboa, the first casino shuttered in the Covid-19 pandemicThe mainland uses a three-colour system, which indicates a person’s Covid-19 status via QR codes.
    The mainland’s health code app is used to track and contain patients by providing central authorities with user data such as locations, times and personal interactions.The QR codes generated follow a traffic-light system, with the colours affecting where residents can go and how they are treated: a green code declares a resident has not been exposed to any potential cases or risky areas, while yellow and red codes mean they are of higher risk.In December last year, Hong Kong launched a health code system which is built into the “Leave Home Safe” app and compatible with the mainland’s for people who travel across the border.The new health secretary on Monday addressed concerns that the planned updates would allow people’s movements to be traced, saying their main purpose was to identify high-risk individuals and not “track” them down.Some technology experts noted the “Leave Home Safe” app already contained certain personal details such as vaccine records, which included the user’ name and Hong Kong identity card number.While Lo did not give any more details about the planned update, he said the government was now looking at how to define which cases fell under red, yellow or green codes.‘Faster, daily Covid PCR tests could replace Hong Kong hotel quarantine’
    9 Jul 2022 He also did not give a timetable for the change, but said authorities hoped to bring them in as soon as possible, with the government already looking at how to make the updates. University of Hong Kong microbiologist Dr Ho Pak-leung told the same programme the government’s goals of minimising infected people’s mobility could theoretically be achieved by suspending their vaccine pass, as it was needed to enter any high-risk venues and operators were required to scan it.
    He also said he believed contact tracing should not be the city’s main concern right now. That was because of the large number of infections and a relatively high percentage of cases of unknown origin in the community.


  • Hong Kong residents crossing border at Shenzhen Bay Port can soon book Covid-19 tests online as eager travellers throng checkpoint | South China Morning Post

    Hong Kong residents crossing border at Shenzhen Bay Port can soon book Covid-19 tests online as eager travellers throng checkpoint.New system is aimed at easing crowding at the crossing point as travellers head to mainland China. Traffic has intensified after the Shenzhen government increased quota of quarantine hotel rooms
    Hong Kong is set to allow travellers heading to mainland China through Shenzhen Bay Port to book Covid-19 tests online as residents continue to swamp the checkpoint and ignore the government’s advice to delay trips over the border.Shenzhen authorities also announced on Sunday a new measure to crack down on scalping of quarantine hotel rooms by allocating them through drawing lots following discussions with the Hong Kong government.Shenzhen Bay Port, one of just two land passenger crossings that remain open amid the pandemic, has been packed with crowds in the morning over the weekend after the Guangdong provincial city boosted the number of quarantine hotel rooms by 700 to 2,000 a day and added additional spots for those in need.
    As seen during a Post visit on Sunday, queues snaked outside the checkpoint as hundreds of travellers from Hong Kong waited to undergo the required nucleic acid test before crossing.Planning to visit his relatives on the mainland, Yuen said the Shenzhen government should have made more quarantine hotel rooms available.The 2,000 a day is definitely not enough,” he said. “Residents need to go to Shenzhen. But the issue of quarantine hotel rooms should be addressed first. I was lucky to lock in my booking early on.”Alan Wong, a 49-year-old construction company manager, was unable to book a quarantine hotel room in Shenzhen and his company paid a scalper 2,300 yuan (US$293) to secure a reservation one week in advance.
    Wong said that while it was fairer to use the quota system, the chances of failing to get a hotel room created too many uncertainties for people who needed to do business.“It’s just like waiting for the results of the Mark Six or a Home Ownership Scheme ballot. You’ll never know until the last minute,” Wong said.Secretary for Health Dr Lo Chung-mau visited the checkpoint in the afternoon. Earlier in the day, Lo explained in a TV interview that quarantine-free travel with the mainland remained unfeasible at the moment, as allowing it would require a significant change to the nation’s anti-pandemic policies. Lo added that Hong Kong residents needed to follow the mainland’s requirements when travelling there.
    ‘Faster, daily Covid PCR tests could replace Hong Kong hotel quarantine’
    9 Jul 2022
    A Hong Kong government spokesman said travellers would need to wait for about three hours to receive their Covid-19 test result at the control point and urged them to cross the boundary in the afternoon to avoid the morning rush.Under the coming booking arrangement, which is expected to be ready in a week, travellers must obtain a spot at a Shenzhen quarantine hotel and reserve a time for the Covid-19 test at the border crossing on the day of departure.Hongkongers hoping to travel across the border previously needed to book a room at a quarantine hotel through a government website on a first-come, first-served basis. But to combat the scalping, the Shenzhen government would allocate rooms to travellers by drawing lots, taking into consideration supply and demand, as well as the travel history of the applicant, authorities said. A traveller can only make one booking for the same date and results will be announced at 8pm daily.Society for Community Organisation deputy director Sze Lai-shan said: “The problem now is not much about online booking or queuing at the control point, but more about insufficient hotel rooms for quarantine on the Shenzhen side.
    “The online booking thing is a crowd management measure. It does not mean more people can go to the mainland unless the Shenzhen side makes more quarantine hotel rooms available to meet demand.”Legislator Edward Leung Hei, of the Beijing-friendly Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, urged the government to increase shuttle bus services for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge to allow more visitors to enter the mainland using that access point.


  • Hong Kong considers Covid health code system similar to mainland China, city logs 2,992 infections | South China Morning Post

    Hong Kong considers Covid health code system similar to mainland China, city logs 2,992 infections. Secretary for Health Dr Lo Chung-mau says proposed measure would prevent freedoms of uninfected residents from being affected by Covid-positive people. Lack of protection of individual privacy and sensitive information with code remains concern among public, says Democratic Party spokesman Ramon Yuen
    Hong Kong may adjust its Covid-19 app to require real-name registration as mainland China does to ensure residents subject to compulsory testing orders avoid entering high-risk areas, the city’s new health minister has said. But Secretary for Health Dr Lo Chung-mau on Sunday brushed aside concerns that the proposed measure would be unpopular with Hongkongers, arguing it would enhance the freedoms of uninfected residents. Lo said the measure was justified, given the government was seeking to avoid tightening social-distancing measures.“[If] we can’t find infected people or can’t quarantine them on time, we end up ‘quarantining’ people who are negative. We hope we don’t have to do this,” he said.
    Health officials on Sunday reported 2,992 new Covid-19 cases, including 219 imported ones, and two additional deaths. The city’s overall coronavirus tally stands at 1,270,800 infections and 9,412 related fatalities.
    Commissioner of Customs and Excise Louise Ho Pui-shan was placed under quarantine after one of her colleagues tested preliminary-positive, although her own test came back negative. Meanwhile, the health minister said there were limitations to the city’s “Leave Home Safe” contact-tracing app, which could not prevent coronavirus-positive people from accessing public areas or inform residents they were entering high-risk locations. While he noted that adding a tracking function was “not the first thing to do”, Lo said he believed it was more important for residents to register their real names to use the app.“[The app] is currently limited to telling whether a person is considered to be high-risk, and that they are not supposed to go to higher-risk areas before they do PCR [polymerase chain reaction] testing,” he said.
    Lo added that the current compulsory testing order, despite its name, had “no coercive means at all”, making it unfair for residents as high-risk people could still roam around the city without detection.
    When asked whether the potential measure could have any similarities to the health code systems used by Macau and the mainland, Lo replied that the Hong Kong government had taken both into consideration as a part of the proposal.The mainland’s health code app is used to track and contain Covid-19 patients by providing central authorities with user data such as locations, times and personal interactions.The QR codes generally follow a traffic-light system, with the colours affecting where residents can go and how they are treated: a green code declares a resident has not been exposed to any potential cases or risky areas, while yellow and red codes mean they are of higher risk.Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection’s communicable disease branch, said she had no comment about Lo’s proposal and that the government would make relevant announcements when it was ready.But she acknowledged the contact-tracing app had limitations and said there were no estimate on the number of infected people who had not reported their positive case to authorities.Although the app had residents’ phone numbers, authorities could still face difficulties in reaching some people for contact-tracing purposes if they did not answer the calls, Chuang said.The centre also had to rely on other government departments to obtain residents’ vaccine pass information whenever there was an outbreak, as it did not have access to such details, she added.She said the centre did not have any information on the number of visitors at particular premises if no infections were reported there.“Macau adopted the mainland-like code system but still suffered an outbreak recently. After all, measures on social distancing and quarantine are still key to controlling the spread, especially in cities that have not reached herd immunity,” he said.Leung added that the proportion of the population in both cities that was immune to the virus due to vaccination or prior infection was still low compared with other places. If Hong Kong implemented the mainland’s app functions, it was crucial to reduce the time needed to synchronise the compulsory testing orders with residents’ phones, otherwise it would be futile if there were delays that lasted for days, he added.Ramon Yuen Hoi-man, the Democratic Party’s healthcare policy spokesman, said the lack of protection of individual privacy and sensitive information with the code system remained a concern among the public.He added that he was worried about the implications of introducing new restrictive measures after the fifth wave of infections had already subsided.“Overseas research has shown that stringent Covid-19 measures have been unfavourable to social harmony and unity. Is this something the new government really hopes to pursue?” he said.Medical and health services lawmaker Dr David Lam Tzit-yuen said privacy issues were not a concern as long as authorities were restricted to tracking a person’s identity and other personal information only if they were deemed to be at risk.“[The code system] is the way to go for better protecting the community. Privacy issues, which could be solved by the right algorithms, should not trump safety of others,” he said.Health minister Lo also said he planned to increase the frequency of PCR tests and require high-risk people, such as employees of nursing homes, to undergo such screening once a week, on top of rapid antigen tests, before increasing it to twice a week or every 48 hours.The new administration led by Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu has repeatedly stressed the importance of using PCR tests at an earlier stage more effectively, which it said would exclude people who were not infected from tough restrictions.


  • Australia woos Hong Kong tourists to help restore pandemic-battered tourism industry, banks on pent-up demand | South China Morning Post

    Australia woos Hong Kong tourists to help restore pandemic-battered tourism industry, banks on pent-up demand. Hong Kong was a top 10 international market before Covid-19 for Tourism Australia, which expects numbers to jump if quarantine requirements are relaxe. For the financial year ending in June 2023, Tourism Australia is targeting 121,000 visitors from Hong Kong – about 43 per cent of the pre-pandemic number
    Australia is training its sights on tourists from Hong Kong amid an anticipated recovery in tourism as Canberra welcomes visitors to its shores after two years of Covid-19 curbs.Visitor numbers from Hong Kong remain at a fraction of pre-pandemic levels, but Tourism Australia expects that to change if and when the city relaxes quarantine requirements.“Hong Kong was a top 10 international market before Covid-19 and the first to achieve its tourism spend goal,” said Andrew Hogg, executive general manager for eastern markets and aviation with Tourism Australia, noting that reducing quarantine requirements in the city to seven days from as many as 21 is likely to release some pent-up demand for travel.Hongkongers averaged four international trips per year pre-pandemic, Hogg noted. “Australia ranks high in awareness and intention among other destinations,” he added. “Australia’s offerings continue to match the expectations of high-value travellers in Hong Kong under travel restrictions.”Tourism Australia has mounted a number of recent campaigns to promote its destinations and offerings to Hongkongers.In September, Tourism Australia, along with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission and Miramar Travel, launched thematic staycation packages called “Wanderful Australia”, allowing staycationeers at The Mira Hong Kong to enjoy themed rooms recalling Aussie experiences such as New South Wales’ jacaranda season or Melbourne’s coffee culture.In January, the agency also launched “Work and Play the Aussie Way”, a showcase of adventures young people could have while working and travelling in the country. A video series called “Australia in 8D” used a YouTube audio technology to “emulate the feeling of an Australian holiday”, with help from the Melbourne Symphony orchestra.
    Australia expects full recovery for its tourism industry to arrive in 2025, Hogg said, including the Hong Kong market.

    The tourism sector, one of the worst-hit when the pandemic broke out across the globe in early 2020, is a major contributor to the Australian economy. It is the country’s fourth largest exporting industry, accounting for 8.2 per cent of export earnings in financial year 2018-2019, data from Tourism Australia show.
    International overnight tourists in Australia spent A$45.4 billion (US$31 billion), or 36 per cent of total tourism spending in the country, in 2019. The industry also employed 666,000 Australians in 2018-2019, making up 5 per cent of the country’s total workforce. In certain tourism-dependent regions, the impact is more magnified.After two years of keeping its borders shut to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Australia reopened to international travellers in February and has launched a promotion to get the sector back up and running.“Tourism was one of the first industries hit by Covid-19, and the sector’s contribution to GDP [gross domestic product] was down almost 50 per cent,” Hogg said.Hong Kong is one market that is likely to play an important role in the recovery, and despite the tough travel restrictions still being implemented in the city, Canberra believes that Hongkongers will still be willing to visit Australia.
    For the financial year ending June 2023, Tourism Australia is targeting about 121,000 visitors from Hong Kong – about 43 per cent of the pre-pandemic number. The tourism authority expects tourists from Hong Kong to spend A$654 million, or about half of their previous spending.
    Welcome back! Australia reopens its borders to fully vaccinated travellers after two yearsAs of March this year, international arrivals to Australia reached 520,000, including leisure and holiday arrivals and those visiting friends and relatives. Of those, 6,952 were from Hong Kong and 17,542 were from mainland China.Online booking platforms Booking.com and Trip.com have also recognised the pent-up demand for travel and have rolled out measures to attract travellers.“Booking.com rolled out an industry-first, the Travel Sustainable badge, to support our partners and customers in taking the next steps to become more sustainable, no matter where they might be on that journey,” said Laura Houldsworth, managing director for Asia-Pacific. “The goal of the badge is to enable travellers to make more informed choices when choosing their accommodations and provide industry-standard recognition to properties. Over 100,000 properties proudly feature the badge as an indicator of their efforts to be more sustainable.”


  • China eases Covid entry restriction to allow transit via third country | South China Morning Post

    China eases Covid entry restriction to allow transit via third country
    A notice from the Chinese embassy in the US says travellers can now get health codes needed to board flights when travelling to China via third countries. News is likely to reduce burden on businesses and follows a move to reduce quarantine requirements earlier this week
    He HuifengUpdated: 7:30pm, 2 Jul, 2022
    China is preparing to further relax its entry requirements, allowing international arrivals to transit via a third country.According to a notice published on Friday on the website of the Chinese embassy in the United States, from July 1 the embassy will issue a health code for passengers who fly from the US and enter via a third country, or who transit through America.


  • As Shanghai reopens, what Day 1 without stringent Covid-19 prevention measures will look like | South China Morning Post

    As Shanghai reopens, what Day 1 without stringent Covid-19 prevention measures will look like.The Shanghai Composite has recouped most losses caused by the pandemic, but stocks will continue to face a challenging environment.The closed loop system will remain in place for a while because local authorities want to minimise the risks of a resurgence in Covid-19 cases
    Daniel Ren in Shanghaiand Zhang Shidong in Shanghai
    Published: 5:30pm, 31 May, 2022
    Shanghai, China’s commercial and financial capital, is set to relax a two-month long citywide lockdown on Wednesday. The city will do so in a phased manner, with the goal of returning to normal by the end of June.
    More than 90 per cent of Shanghai’s 25 million inhabitants will be able to leave their residential compounds, and public transport will be resumed fully.Here is what we can expect to happen in Shanghai on June 1.
    How will the end of the lockdown affect the stock market?
    The Shanghai Composite Index, which tracks the 2,096 companies listed on the local exchange, had dropped 0.8 per cent through Monday since the lockdown was enacted on March 28. The gauge has recouped most losses caused by the pandemic, thanks to Beijing ramping up policy loosening, lowering banks’ reserve requirement ratios and cutting mortgage rates for first-home purchases.Stocks will, however, continue to face a challenging environment. Investment banks from JPMorgan to UBP have said that China’s economy will probably contract this quarter as a result of the lockdown in Shanghai and elsewhere, because of halted production and logistic snarls. And while the market has mostly reached a consensus that the worst of the current Covid-19 outbreak was behind it, a key question investors are asking is whether all headwinds from the economy and corporate earnings have been priced in.
    Can everyone return to their offices on Wednesday?Technically, the 22.5 million people who currently live in low-risk “precautionary zones” that have been Covid-19 free for 14 days, can leave their compounds and use public transport between their homes and offices every day. Some state-owned companies have already asked their employees to return to work on June 1.But some companies have decided not to call back all their staff initially. People are also required to provide negative results from nucleic acid tests taken within 72 hours before using public transport and visiting public venues, including office buildings, parks and shopping centres.
    How much traffic is expected at Shanghai’s airports and seaports?
    Shanghai’s ports have been up and running at nearly full capacity since mid-May, with workers and engineers working under a “closed loop”, where workers essentially sleep on-site to avoid contact with outsiders.
    Dozens of harbours along the city’s 200 kilometre-long coast, including Yangshan Deep-Water Port, the world’s largest container port, can expect to be busy, as manufacturers accelerate cargo flows to make up for lost ground following a citywide lockdown from April 1.Tesla’s Gigafactory 3 has exported a combined 9,000 vehicles to Europe since May 11. The Shanghai manufacturing hub of the US carmaker has restored production to pre-lockdown levels and is set to send more overseas shipments to Europe and Japan.Meanwhile, Zong Ming, the city’s vice-mayor, told a press briefing on Tuesday that the Hongqiao and Pudong international airports will allow airlines to resume flights in a gradual manner. Since the end of March, only a handful of international flights have taken off or landed at the two airports each day, with all domestic flights suspended.It is expected that no more than 100 passenger flights will resume on June 1, compared with about 1,700 flights the two airports handled on a typical day in 2021.
    Shanghai residents flee city as Covid-19 measures ease ahead of city reopening
    Will the city see an exodus of people?
    Anecdotal evidence suggests that many people from other parts of mainland China will leave the city amid concerns that Shanghai’s government might backtrack from its plan to ease the lockdown. The city’s original plan was to impose an eight-day phased and rolling lockdown between Pudong and Puxi, the eastern and western banks of the Huangpu River that cuts through Shanghai, from March 28. But this was replaced with a citywide shutdown on April 1.Thousands of migrant workers who have lost their jobs due to the lockdown are set to leave, while some white-collar workers, disappointed with Shanghai’s chaotic management of the coronavirus pandemic, are also expected to exit the city. Shanghai has been a magnet for mainland professionals over the past three decades, but the economic hardship caused by the lockdown and scenes of some hungry residents looting grocery stores have tainted its image as the mainland’s most developed metropolis.


  • Japan eases borders for tourists but worries about foreign ‘bad manners’ triggering coronavirus | South China Morning Post

    Japan eases borders for tourists but worries about foreign ‘bad manners’ triggering coronavirus. Relaxing strict Covid measures took months of pressure from travel trade because government feared public backlash if infections spiked. There are concerns visitors who don’t wear masks or use hand sanitiser could spread infections again; against backdrop of economic woes
    Published: 6:03pm, 30 May, 2022
    Japan’s easing of a two-year ban on foreign tourists seeks to balance the enormous economic importance of tourism with concerns that travellers would trigger a Covid outbreak, insiders say.The decision means Japan will allow in a limited number of foreign tourists on package tours starting June 10. Last week a few “test tours”, mainly of overseas travel agents, started to arrive