On Xinjiang, Japan's brands hold their breath ahead of Biden-Suga

From Nikkei Asia: Investors backed by the U.S.-based Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) last month urged 47 companies believed to be linked to forced labor in Xinjiang to provide more details about their supply chains. Google parent Alphabet, Apple and Volkswagen, as well as Fast Retailing, the Japanese company behind the Uniqlo casualwear brand, were among those on the list.

The institutional investors involved in ICCR's effort manage roughly $4.4 trillion in assets. The ICCR has 300-plus members, including religious groups, asset management companies and nongovernmental organizations.