Japanese police are investigating a Chinese Communist Party member suspected of leaking data linked to high-tech agriculture. The individual in question is believed to have had links to the People’s Liberation Army and may have obtained the data for China’s government. The economic confidence of major Japanese manufacturers has been falling for five consecutive quarters. The Bank of Japan reported that business confidence, which includes the automotive and electronics sectors, fell from 7 in December to just 1 in March, the lowest rate seen in two and a half years. Japan plans to host 15 in-person ministerial meetings ahead of the Group of Seven summit in May, including talks on Russia’s conflict with Ukraine, the global economy, energy and food security. Famed Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto has died, aged 71. Tributes have come from across the world for the Oscar and Grammy-winning musician who was keyboardist for the Yellow Magic Orchestra. A stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s “My Neighbor Totoro” production won six Olivier Awards in London, the most among nominees. South Korea, Japan, and the USA are holding anti-submarine drills.Widespread internet and phone service outages hit Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp regional subsidiaries across Japan.
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