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Japan to further ease COVID******
Japan will further relax its COVID-19 border controls from March 14, increasing the daily cap on overseas entrants to 7,000 from the current 5,000, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday.
Kishida revealed a new scheme at a press conference to give entry priority to foreign students, as business travel demand is not high.
The decision was made as phased easing of the entry restrictions have been the target of criticism at home and abroad for being too strict, and the demand for Japan to allow more entries was high, especially from foreign students ahead of the April start of the Asian country's school year.
"We will help students come to Japan by giving them (use of) vacant seats, especially on weekdays when there are not many business travelers," Kishida said, calling such students a "treasure" for the country.
"Many foreign students are worried if they can enter Japan before school starts in April," he said.
About 150,000 foreign students are said to be still waiting for entry into Japan due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions that have been imposed in the past two years.
In late November last year, Japan effectively enforced an entry ban on non-resident foreign nationals when the world grappled with the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19.
Currently, up to 5,000 people including Japanese nationals overseas are allowed to enter Japan daily following an increase from the previous cap of 3,500 that took effect on Tuesday. The entry of foreign tourists is still not allowed.
Tencent reports 13 pct revenue growth in Q3******
SHENZHEN, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese internet giant Tencent raked in approximately 142.4 billion yuan (about 22.27 billion U.S. dollars) in total revenue during the third quarter of 2021, up 13 percent year on year, according to a company financial statement released on Wednesday.。
The company's net profit, calculated on a non-IFRS basis in order to reflect its core earnings by excluding certain one-time or non-cash items, dropped 2 percent year on year to approximately 31.75 billion yuan during the same period.。
Notably, the company's revenues from the fintech and business services sectors increased 30 percent to approximately 43.3 billion yuan in the third quarter, accounting for nearly one-third of its total revenue.。
The company also disclosed data regarding its underage game players in its latest financial statement. On Sept. 1, Tencent began implementing a series of measures to comply with China's latest regulations on restricting the gaming time of its underage citizens.。
In September, the time minors spent gaming dropped to 0.7 percent of the company's total domestic gaming time recorded, a significant decline from the 6.4 percent recorded in September 2020.。
Minors accounted for 1.1 percent of Tencent's total domestic gaming income in September, a sharp decrease from the 4.8 percent recorded in September 2020. Enditem。
China's daily coal output hits record amid supply push******
BEIJING, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- China's daily coal output has hit a historic high, with efforts to boost energy supply paying off, the country's top economic planner said Thursday.。
Up to 12.05 million tonnes of coal was produced on Wednesday, 120,000 tonnes higher than the previous daily record, while the daily production in major coal-producing regions hit the highest level in recent years, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).。
This has consolidated the foundation for ensuring the energy supply and stabilizing prices, the NDRC said.。
The record output came amid a rebound in production activities after a cold wave swept many parts of China in the past week and disrupted coal production. The average daily coal production between Nov. 7 and 9 was 11.75 million tonnes.。
With railways, highways and ports taking precautionary and responsive measures, the cold weather's impact on coal transport is gradually dwindling, and the coal stock in power plants has continued to improve, according to the NDRC. Enditem。
Across China: Design week attracts Italian enterprises fascinated with Chinese market******
SHANGHAI, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- At the sixth Italian Design Icons (IDI) held in Shanghai in late November, China's latte art master Liu Qiang used Cimbali's new coffee machine launch to make espresso for his guests.。
As fragrant coffee with beautiful patterns on top was served to the audience, Gruppo Cimbali, a world-renowned espresso machine maker, demonstrates its confidence in attracting more Chinese consumers with its high-quality products.。
With a history of nearly 110 years, Gruppo Cimbali has exported more than 5,000 coffee machines into the Chinese market, offering original Italian coffee for coffee-savvy customers.。
The company also strives to help more Chinese baristas improve their skills by sponsoring coffee vocational skills competitions. Many Chinese students have started to learn how to make Italian coffee via the online coffee classes held by the group.。
The coffee machine producer is not alone in its fascination with the Chinese market.。
During the design week of Italian brands, Casappa, one of Italy's largest manufacturers of hydraulic pumps and hydraulic motors, showcased its electronically controlled pump.。
The new product was first launched in China before going on the market in any other countries and regions. As one of the representative products of the company's energy-saving series, the Intelligent Power System (CSP) echoes China's latest promise to slash its carbon emissions.。
Casappa's success in the Chinese market is indispensable from its localized products and relevant research and development capabilities, according to the company.。
Another Italian company, Comau, a leading industrial automation and robotics manufacturer, brought its latest MATE-XT muscle assist technology exoskeleton to the Shanghai design week.。
Gaetano Cantalupo, head of global customer operations for Comau, said that Comau China is now headquartered in Shanghai and has built two factories in Shanghai and Kunshan City, the neighboring province of Jiangsu.。
Statistics from China Customs show that the bilateral trade value between China and Italy reached 60.3 billion U.S. dollars in the first 10 months of this year, exceeding the total of last year and hitting a record high.。
During the period, China imported 25.1 billion U.S. dollars of goods from Italy, which is 42 percent higher than the percentage logged in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic outbreaks. Enditem。