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ugh criticized by much of the West, and the US in particular－could bring dramatic
improvements in physical and digital connectivity to Central Asia and parts of Africa.
Further advances in critical infrastructure will create important growth opportunities for developing countries via e-commerce, mobile paym
ents, and related financial services. The experience of China suggests that these digital platforms, and the ecosy
stems that develop around them, are powerful engines for incremental, highly inclusive growth.
China, of course, is a very large, homogenous market. If smaller, lower-income developing countries are to bene
fit from equally rapid inclusive growth, the digital platforms will have to be regional and international in scope.
platform covering 14 African countries, recently went public on the New York Stock Exchange, am
itoring stations in the China Seismic Experimental Site, which spans Sichuan and Yunnan pro
vinces, since construction of the project was launched about one year ago, Zheng Guoguang, vic
e-minister of emergency management and head of the administration, told a news conference on Friday.
The area previously had about 1,000 monitoring stations.
China is the only country that lists forecasting earthquakes as a government responsibility.
Considering our limited knowledge about earthquakes, the forecasting work has to be based on observation. However, the we
ak signals from underground are often disrupted by electromagnetic interference, he said.
He said that in cooperation with the government of Shenzhen, Guangdong
Earlier in the day, Akihito reported his abdication in sanctuaries i
nside the Imperial Palace, including one honouring the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, from
whom mythology says the imperial line is descended, and two others for departed emperors and Shinto gods.
Video aired on NHK public television showed Akihito, wearing a dark orange traditional robe and black headdress, wal
king slowly into the first sanctuary as a courtier in a white robe walked behind holding the train and another carried a sword.
Era names, or “gengo” as they are known in Japanese, are used in Japan for the length of a monarch’s reign.
The new era name, Reiwa, meaning beautiful harmony, was announced by the government on April 1.
New era names are usually announced after the accession of the new monarch, but the
government decided to announce the new name in advance of the accession of the new emperor.
Crown Prince Naruhito conducted a similar ceremony, NHK said.