Duterte murder claims: Resurfaced allegations that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte previously oversaw death squad assassinations threaten to destabilize his strongman rule, reports George Amurao. Philippine senators have voted to reopen a previous inquiry into claims that Duterte, while serving as Davao City’s mayor, created and commanded a vigilante squad responsible for 1,424 extrajudicial killings.
China and Japan: In an interview with the Asia Times, Daniel C. Sneider says fears of Trump giving China a free rein in East Asia are misplaced. Doug Tsuruoka writes that this associate director of research for Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, who is also an authority on US, Japan and Korea relations, feels that for China and Japan to ever get on the same page it may mean the US has to get out of the middle.
Rooney staying put: Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney has announced he is staying in England following persistent speculation he was about to make a lucrative US$1.25 million a week move to the Chinese Super League. The Asia Times reports that the move would have made Rooney the world’s best paid player but, after his agent traveled to China this week to speak to interested clubs, the player released a statement yesterday insisting he was remaining in Manchester.
Change at Nissan: Carlos Ghosn will step aside as CEO of Nissan Motors after leading the company for 16 years, allowing him to concentrate on deploying his cost-cutting expertise across its alliance with Renault and newly added Mitsubishi Motors. Reuters reports that in handing the helm to company veteran, Hiroto Saikawa, Ghosn ends speculation over when he would relinquish the top job at Japan’s second-biggest automaker amid investor concerns that he was stretching himself too thin.