Wed, 28 Oct 2020

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minster Yoshihide Suga said on Friday that the government will ease entry restrictions into the country for foreigners from October, although the plan would exclude tourists.

"To revitalize the economy, it is indispensable to resume international travel," Suga said at a meeting of the government's task force on the coronavirus response. (Japan-COVID-19-Entry Restrictions)

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MACAO -- Macao's general unemployment rate and the unemployment rate of local residents from June to August increase by 0.1 and 0.2 percentage points respectively from the previous three months, the special administrative region's statistics service said on Friday.

Its general unemployment rate from June to August this year was 2.8 percent and the unemployment rate of local residents was 4.0 percent. (Macao-Unemployment)

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong was ranked the fifth in the Global Financial Centers Index (GFCI) 28 Report, a spokesman for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said Friday.

The spokesman said that Hong Kong rose by one place from the March issue of the index this year, and the overall ratings of financial centers ranked No. 3 to No. 7 in the report published by the British think tank Z/Yen Group and the China Development Institute in Shenzhen were very close. (HK-Financial Center-Ranking)

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HONG KONG -- Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said on Friday that it is not the aim of the Hong Kong police to suppress press freedom by redefining "media representatives" under the Police General Orders.

The Hong Kong police said in a letter to several journalists' groups on Sept. 22 that to assist frontline police officers in performing their duties, the definition of "media representatives" under the Police General Orders would be amended. (HK-Media Representative-Police)

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