October 13, Thursday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1.Two of Japan’s industrial giants Sony Group and Honda Motor launched a joint venture on Thursday that aims to deliver advanced electric vehicles by 2026. The new company is called Sony Honda Mobility. Mizuno Yasuhide, Chairman and CEO of Sony Honda Mobility said “We will try to offer high-value-added products and services that overturn conventional ideas, and build new relationships with customers.”
2.The Japanese government’s coronavirus advisory panel has come up with measures to respond to a possible double outbreak of COVID-19 and influenza. The expert panel met on Thursday to discuss how to reduce the burden on designated fever clinics if a simultaneous outbreak occurs this winter.
3.The Japanese government plans to abolish health insurance cards in the fall of 2024 by integrating them into “My Number” ID cards. Digital Transformation Minister Kono Taro said My Number cards will serve as something like a passport to the creation of a new digital society.