Your Wednesday briefing



Tiger Woods suffered “multiple leg injuries” in a serious car accident and is in surgery, according to his agent.

The pressures of the pandemic in Japan have worsened for women: more women have lost their jobs and one in five women in Tokyo lives alone. Others struggled with deep disparities in the division of household chores and childcare.

The psychological toll was accompanied by a worrying spike in suicides: in Japan, 6,976 women died by suicide last year, nearly 15% more than in 2019. This was the first increase in year to year in over a decade.

Each suicide – and suicide attempt – represents an individual tragedy rooted in a complex constellation of reasons. But the increase in women has affected health officials who have worked to reduce what was among the highest suicide rates in the world.

The context: Transparency about mental health issues and seeking treatment are still relatively rare in Japan. There is also a stigma around those who contract the virus.

Quote: “The world I lived in was already small,” said Nazuna Hashimoto, who attempted suicide in July and now speaks about her experience because she wants to fight the stigma associated with mental health. “But I felt him getting smaller.”

China is considering imposing restrictions on Hong Kong’s electoral system to eliminate candidates the Communist Party deems unfair, a move that could prevent democracy advocates in the city from running for elected office.

The plan reinforces the determination of the Communist Party to shatter the few remaining vestiges of political dissent. Along with other measures that have given him near-total control of the political landscape there, the efforts transform Hong Kong’s partial democracy into a system more like mainland China.

The central government wants Hong Kong to be ruled by “patriots,” said Xia Baolong, Chinese director of Hong Kong and Macau affairs. For Beijing, this term means supporting mainland China and the Chinese Communist Party.

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Details: The plan would cover candidates for nearly 2,000 elected positions in Hong Kong, including the committee that chooses the chief executive, the legislature and district councils. It would not be retroactive and the current councilors will keep their seats.

Since the coup, the Burmese military has repeatedly shut down the internet and cut off access to major social media sites, isolating a country that only in recent years had a connection to the outside world.

Until now, the military has relied on crude forms of control to restrict the flow of information: During raids on data centers, soldiers have ordered technicians from telecom operators to turn off the Internet. They cut threads without knowing what they were cutting, according to a witness.

But such a shutdown has downsides, such as crippling a struggling economy and damaging the confidence of foreign investors. Protesters accused China of exporting the tools of authoritarianism to its small neighbor.

Legal tools: A 36-page bill distributed to service providers after the coup gives the military sweeping powers to block websites and cut off access to users deemed troublesome. It would also give the government access to user data. Huawei and ZTE, two large Chinese companies, have built much of Myanmar’s telecommunications network.

A new article showing that women who attended economics conferences received 12% more, often aggressive, questions is the latest addition to a growing body of evidence of gender discrimination in economics. Above, a conference in San Diego last year.

Our reporter examined how the gender and race gaps in economics are wider and narrowed less over time than in many other areas. “Half of the women say they don’t even want to attend a seminar,” said one economist. “We’re losing a lot of ideas this way.”

Tiger Woods: The golfer was injured in a car crash in Los Angeles, police said. His vehicle suffered “major damage” and paramedics had to pull it out of the wreckage with the rescue tool called the “Jaws of Life.” His manager said he was “currently in surgery”.

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Facebook: The tech giant has reached a deal with the Australian government to restore publications on its platform in the country after blocking news links over the past week. The government is about to pass a bill that would force tech companies to pay for journalism.

Indian activist: Disha Ravi was released on bail. His arrest for sharing an activism handbook with farmers protesting the new agricultural policies sparked global outrage.

U.S. Capitol Riot: In a Senate hearing, senior security officials who were on Capitol Hill during the attack by a pro-Trump mob highlighted the intelligence failings that led to the disaster. Police officers also testify. Here is the last one.

Instantaneous: Above, the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Our travel office examined how epidemics gave rise to monuments of all kinds: monuments, places of worship, hospitals, fortifications, cemeteries and feats of civil engineering. How will Covid-19 be commemorated?

What we read: This New Yorker article explores one of the great mysteries of the pandemic: why some countries are worse off than others.

To cook: This yogurt recipe, taken from our food editor Priya Krishna’s “Indian-ish” cookbook, is pretty straightforward: just a heavy-bottomed pot and an oven.

Listen: Our pop critics feature Dawn Richard, 24kGoldn, Amythyst Kiah, Lil Yachty and more on this week’s playlist.

Do: If you’ve been having trouble falling asleep lately, you’re not alone. Here’s what you need to know about improving your shut-eye.

There is more to pique your interest in our At Home Ideas Collection on what to read, cook, watch and do while staying safe at home.

Erika Hayasaki wrote in The Times Magazine about an area near Los Angeles where Amazon is the largest private employer. She spoke to our On Tech newsletter on what she learned from her research with workers in the region about the impact Amazon has took over the city.

What have Amazon warehouse workers told you they like and dislike about their jobs?

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They appreciate that Amazon provides them with health and retirement benefits – and that they have jobs at a time when many others have lost their jobs.

The biggest concern I heard was safety. This is nothing new, but when the pandemic hit it was intense to hear workers’ fears for their lives.

And some jobs linked to Amazon are precarious. I rode with an Amazon delivery guy who also worked for an app-based delivery company. His girlfriend too. They chained multiple forms of income for themselves and their five children. It is not an easy way to live.

Amazon is creating lots of new jobs with starting wages more than double the minimum wage. Isn’t that good?

Most of the workers I’ve spoken with would say Amazon can do better given the company’s financial success. I have heard workers ask why the company has increased their wages by $ 2 an hour, but only temporarily. They are working harder than ever and it is still a pandemic.

That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.

– Melina

Thank you
Carole Landry helped write this briefing. Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh took the news break. You can reach the team at [email protected]

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