LDP Election in Japan, Chinese Auto Data Law and Tokyo Game Show
Welcome to your week in Asia.
China enters the Golden Week holiday on Friday, just as new regulations require data from electric and autonomous vehicles to be stored in the country. Japan will know midweek who will be its next prime minister, as one of the world’s leading gaming conventions opens in Tokyo.
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EU reviews trade with Sri Lanka
A delegation from the European Union will arrive in Sri Lanka to review trade concessions granted to the island nation in 2017. European delegates will meet with stakeholders from government, opposition, industry and trade unions, and submit a report to the European Parliament. early next year to determine whether to continue concessions in light of human rights concerns.
Background: Sri Lanka received the concessions in return for a commitment to ratify and implement 27 international conventions on human and labor rights and environmental protection. But President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been accused of roll back post-war obligations, a decade after the civil war ended in 2009. Human rights groups also accuse his government of using draconian counterterrorism law to quell dissent and stop activists.
North Korea convenes legislative assembly
Pyongyang’s parliament meets on Tuesday as North Korea faces a food crisis. Supreme People’s Assembly set to discuss economic policy as COVID-related border closures, international sanctions and summer storms that may have damaged crops put pressure on the hermit state’s food supply .
presidential election of the PLD
Japan’s ruling Liberal Democrats will vote for a new leader ahead of the general election this fall. With a LDP-led coalition controlling both houses of parliament, the winner of the leadership race is certain to succeed Yoshihide Suga as prime minister.
On your mind: Two former foreign ministers, Fumio Kishida and Taro Kono, are neck and neck in the four-man race. But don’t expect a drastic change in policy no matter who gets elected.
Catch up on our coverage of the leadership race.
Hong Kong Doxxing Bill
The Hong Kong Legislative Council is expected to vote on amendments to the city’s personal data laws to strengthen sanctions and tools to combat “doxxing” or inappropriate sharing of others’ personal information online. A lobby group representing Facebook, Google and other international tech companies has raised concerns about the clauses of the bill. But in the absence of opposition lawmakers, the bill looks set to be passed.
JD.com opens a physical store
Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com is launching its first brick-and-mortar mall in downtown Xian, expanding its online shopping experience as competition with Alibaba and Pinduoduo intensifies. The five-storey, 42,000-square-meter shopping center will feature some 200,000 products, including household appliances, furniture and auto accessories.
Opening of the Tokyo Game Show
The gaming convention known as TGS has historically fueled stock trading, and this year might not be any different. Hundreds of companies will showcase their latest titles online as the Tokyo Game Show integrates virtual reality, allowing online attendees to see their favorite characters and tour exhibition booths through VR headsets.
China’s Auto Data Law Comes Into Force
Beijing’s latest tool to boost surveillance of society and businesses goes into effect on Friday, this time affecting the country’s growing electric vehicle industry and autonomous driving operators. Both local and foreign companies will be required to store all personal information of users as well as data involved in automobile production in China.
Regulatory risk: Analysts have expressed concerns about the potential harm to vehicle owners and passengers in the event of a data breach or misuse of information.
Why is this important: Chinese rules could hamper the overseas development of autonomous driving technology.