>Huawei in top 10 gift list
Huawei leaps to the 10th place on the top 10 most popular brands for gifts among China's high-net-worth individuals, or those with more than 10 million yuan in total assets, becoming the second Chinese brand to make the top 10 on the list after Moutai which ranks 7th, according to a Hurun report.
This marks the 16th year for the Hurun Research Institute to release the Hurun Chinese Luxury Consumer Survey and it aims to reveal and describe the changes and preferences in terms of lifestyle, consumption habits and brand recognition among China's high-net-worth population.
Electronic products are still the first choice for men's gifts given by China's high-net-worth people, and the proportion keeps increasing.
Watches and wines are the second and third choices for men.
Louis Vuitton, Apple and Chanel are most favored by men.
The top three most popular gifts for women were still cosmetics, jewelry and accessories, with a larger increase in accessories.
The top three brands for women as gifts are Louis Vuitton, Bulgari and Chanel.
>Minister takes paternity leave
Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has announced that he will take paternity leave when his first child is born this month, an unusual step in a country where new fathers rarely take time off from work.
Koizumi, who will become the first cabinet minister in the country to commit to such a move, said that he had decided to take two weeks of paternity leave in the first three months after his baby's birth after considering how caring for their newborn alone could impact his wife.
Although Koizumi, 38, is only taking two weeks off, his decision is significant in Japan despite it having one of the world's most generous time off allowances for new fathers.
Under Japanese law, both men and women are entitled to up to one year of leave from work after having a child.
Parents are not guaranteed pay from their employer, but are eligible for government benefits while off.
But in 2018, only 6.16% of men took paternity leave, according to government data released last year.
>Birthrate hits record low
The birthrate on the Chinese mainland reached a record low last year, figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics showed.
The total number of babies born last year was 14.65 million, a decrease of 580,000 from the previous year, while the birthrate stood at 10.48 per 1,000 people - the lowest over the past seven decades, according to the bureau.
Meanwhile, total population on the mainland narrowly exceeded 1.4 billion by the end of last year, an increase of 4.7 million year-on-year.
Last year marked the third consecutive year of falling births on the mainland despite the universal second-child policy having been adopted at the beginning of 2016.
Many couples in China were not willing to have a second baby, for reasons such as the high cost of raising children and a lack of nursery facilities, according to a survey organized by the National Health Commission.
>New pneumonia cases reported
Health authorities in Wuhan, Hubei province on Monday confirmed 136 new cases of pneumonia caused by a novel corona virus strain in the city, while Beijing and Guangdong province reported a total of three cases on Monday.
Zhejiang province also said on Monday it had detected five suspected cases in patients arriving in the region from Wuhan who had displayed respiratory conditions, including fever. Laboratory tests are underway to verify diagnoses.
Worldwide, Japan has reported one corona virus infection linked to the viral outbreak that originated in Wuhan and Thailand has confirmed two infections.
Just several hours before the announcement of the spike in new cases, the National Health Commission said on Sunday evening that the disease outbreak is preventable and under control, but more research into the virus's source, its transmission mode and possible mutations is needed.
The Wuhan Health Commission also said at a news conference on Sunday that with the use of a newly-developed kit and the expansion of testing that enables better diagnosis of the new corona virus, the number of new cases will increase further.
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