TOKYO – Japanese households increased spending in August compared with a year earlier as the economy continued to recover from COVID-19 restrictions, but rising prices are clouding the outlook for further gains. Separate data on Friday showed real wages falling for a fifth month, underscoring growing pressure on Japanese consumer spending, which accounts for more than half of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Household spending rose 5.1 percent in August from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday. The reading was lower than economists’ median estimate for a 6.7 percent gain and followed a 3.4-percent rise in July. While there are clear signs that activity is slowly picking up, gains last month may have been flattered by the comparison with August 2021, when the country was battling a resurgence of COVID cases. On a seasonally-adjusted, month-on-month basis, household spending slid 1.7 percent in August, bigger than a 1.4 percent decline in July. It was a … [Read more...] about Japan Aug household spending rises annually on reopening
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Following the partial mobilization of the Russian population for the war the country is leading in Ukraine, long lines formed at land borders and flights were booked up as many of the men subject to draft orders sought to flee the country. Numbers released by European border agency Frontex show how large the onslaught at European borders really was. Around 30,000 more Russians entered neighboring European nations in the past two weeks than departed from them. This number by far surpasses the average of the previous 29 weeks since the country started its invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Just around 800 Russians remained in neighboring countries on average per fortnight during that time period. The release also shows which countries saw the biggest influx from Russia. In Finland, which eventually barred the entry of Russians on tourist visas after September 29, almost 27,000 more Russian entered than exited … [Read more...] about Where Russians Are Fleeing To [Infographic]
Sixteen Chinese nationals suspected of running an illegal online money-lending business were arrested during a police raid in Pattaya on Wednesday. Following a tipoff, police and immigration officers in Pattaya’s Bang Lamung district, raided a three-storey townhouse at around 3pm on Wednesday. The officers were given information that a gang of foreign nationals were using the house as their operational base, providing illegal loans to clients in Hong Kong. When police busted into the premises, they found 16 Chinese nationals, hard at work inside. They had not yet overstayed their visas, but were lending money to clients in Hong Kong at interest rates as high as 50%. A large amount of tech was seized, including desktop computers, a notebook, a copying machine, around 20 mobile phones and numerous documents connected with illegal money-lending. An investigation found the loan sharks had entered the country on tourist visas Chon Buri Police Chief Maj Gen Kitthanet … [Read more...] about Shark warning – illegal Chinese money lenders nailed in Pattaya
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin We all know that leisure travel is coming back in a huge way, with jammed airports, limited availability in hot destinations, and record bookings for many travel companies. But there’s more to the life-after-Covid travel phenomena than just pent-up demand. The nature of the way people will vacation has changed. The shutdown caused by the global pandemic was unprecedented and like nothing in our lifetime, but also served as a warning that you never know what’s coming next, from other diseases to natural disasters to the quickly worsening effects of climate change to war. The sense that “life is too short” and a new fatalism is one side effect of the pandemic. That in turn has led people to stop putting things off for the future, especially an uncertain future. For many people, life’s big trips have always been scheduled for “someday,” and increasingly, someday is now. People are putting a priority on once-in-a-lifetime … [Read more...] about 10 Best Bucket List Trips For Your Post-Pandemic Travels
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline Two Russian nationals who fled the country to avoid being drafted into Moscow’s war in Ukraine are seeking asylum in the United States after reaching a remote island in western Alaska by boat , Alaska’s senators said in a press release Thursday—as Russians turn to more drastic measures to escape fighting in the war. Key Facts Murkowski said state officials are “actively engaged” with the federal government and residents in the small Alaskan city of Gambell, where the two Russians landed, to identify them. In a joint press release , Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R) Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (R) said the federal Customs and Border Protection is in the process of determining whether the two Russians can enter the country. Sullivan also said he contacted the Department of Homeland Security to devise a plan with the Coast Guard in case “more Russians flee to Bering Strait communities” in Alaska. The … [Read more...] about 2 Russian Nationals Fleeing Putin’s Draft Seek Asylum In U.S. After Reaching Alaska
The Ministry of Public Health gave away one million cannabis plants to the people of Thailand in June for home cultivation. Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul dished out the plants to celebrate the removal of all parts of the cannabis plant from Thailand’s list of Category 5 illicit narcotics on June 9. The plants were intended to be cultivated for medicinal purposes and also to be used as an ingredient in cooking e.g., for extra flavour in Tom Yam soup. Female cannabis plants produce “buds” that are rich in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the compound that gets you “high.” Male plants do not produce buds and mostly contain cannabidiol (CBD) which does not get you high but has medicinal benefits. Growing both male and female cannabis plants is legal in Thailand, with conditions: The grower must be at least 20 years old. The grower must not extract their cannabis into a product containing more than 0.2% THC (e.g. oil or edibles). The grower must register … [Read more...] about Can foreigners legally grow cannabis in Thailand?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Key takeaways The Russian stock market tanked after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It has seen its largest subsequent dip after Ukraine successfully went on the offensive, driving Putin to instate an unpopular draft of Russian soldiers. Divestments in the Russian economy and sanctions by Western countries have impeded the Russian stock market throughout the crisis. Even when Russian gas and oil companies have seen minor successes, these have not been enough to bring the MOEX Russia Index up to pre-invasion levels. The Russian stock market has not fared well since the invasion of Ukraine. While this downward tumble was entirely predictable, it may be a sacrifice Putin is willing to endure in order to reach his long-term goals. MOEX tanks leading up to invasion of Ukraine Between Feb. 14 - 23, 2022, Russia started bulking up its forces along the Ukrainian border. That week, U.S. President Biden issued an … [Read more...] about What’s Happening In The Russian Stock Market During The War In Ukraine?