Niid: Low Likelihood Of New Coronavirus Outbreak

NIID: Low likelihood of new coronavirus outbreak

Public health experts in Japan say a new coronavirus is unlikely to cause a pneumonia outbreak in the country, but that the elderly and people with chronic diseases could develop serious symptoms if infected.

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases on Friday held a media briefing on the virus believed to be the cause of pneumonia in China.

Renault Shares Hit Six-year Low On Rumors Of Nissan Split

Renault shares hit six-year low on rumors of Nissan split

LONDON — Renault shares hit six-year lows on Monday after a media report that Nissan has accelerated secret contingency planning for a potential split from the French carmaker, the latest sign that the downfall of former boss Carlos Ghosn is roiling the 20-year alliance. At 1027 GMT, the shares were down 3.7%, languishing at the bottom of Paris' CAC 40 and the pan European STOXX 600 index. The plans include war-gaming a total split in engineering and manufacturing, as well as changes to Nissan's board, the Financial Times newspaper reported on Sunday citing several sources. Nissan's contingency planning has ramped up since the dramatic escape of Ghosn, the former head of the Renault-Nissan  alliance, from Japan in late December, it said. The tie-up has been in management turmoil since Ghosn's arrest in Tokyo in November 2018 on allegations of financial misconduct, which he denies. He was awaiting trial in Japan when he fled to Lebanon. "We firmly believe the relationship between (Renault and Nissan) and hence the Alliance is broken and is likely beyond the point of repair," Evercore ISI analysts Arndt Elinghorst and Chris McNally wrote in a note on Monday. They have an 'underperform' rating on the French car company. Renault was not available for immediate comment.

Japan's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall To New Low

Japan's greenhouse gas emissions fall to new low

The Environment Ministry says Japan's greenhouse gas emissions fell to a record low in the fiscal year that ended in March.

The ministry's preliminary figures show Japan emitted one-billion 244-million tons of carbon dioxide in fiscal 2018, down 47 million tons, or 3.6 percent, from the previous year. It was the fifth straight yearly decline.

Japan's Pacific Saury Catch Could Hit Record Low

Japan's pacific saury catch could hit record low

Japan's catch of Pacific saury, a popular fish in the autumn months, is on track to hit a record low this season.

The Japan Fisheries Information Service Center says the nationwide haul up until the end of October was 19,790 tons.

Mitag Becomes Low Pressure System, Brings Rain

Mitag becomes low pressure system, brings rain

Tropical Storm Mitag turned into a low pressure system over the Sea of Japan Thursday afternoon. But Japan's Meteorological Agency is still warning of localized heavy rains across parts of western Japan as well as the eastern and northern part of the country, where the system is headed.

The low pressure system is moving east over the sea, accompanied by a front. It is making the atmosphere in wide areas from western to northern Japan unstable and generating rainclouds in some areas.

Tapah Low To Cut Through Northern Japan

Tapah low to cut through northern Japan

Japan's Meteorological Agency says a low-pressure system resulting from severe tropical storm Tapah is over the Sea of Japan on Monday evening, and will cut across northern Japan while maintaining its strength.

The agency is warning of strong winds, high waves and heavy rain.

Japan's Food Self-sufficiency Rate At 25-year Low

Japan's food self-sufficiency rate at 25-year low

Japan's agriculture ministry says the country's food self-sufficiency rate in fiscal 2018 matched the record low marked 25 years ago.

The ministry says the food self-sufficiency rate for the fiscal year that ended in March was 37 percent in terms of calorie intake. That's down one percentage point from the previous year and equals the record low of fiscal 1993, when a cool summer caused a poor rice harvest.

Japan's Working Age Population Hits Record Low

Japan's working age population hits record low

Latest data show that Japanese society continues to gray, with the percentage of the population of working age tying a record low.

The Internal Affairs Ministry estimates that the total population, including foreign residents, stood at about 126.4 million as of last October.