Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Aug 3, 2016

The Singapore University of Technology and Design campus.
The Singapore University of Technology and Design campus.PHOTO: ST FILE

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Wednesday, Aug 3, and which we think you'd be interested in.

It appears on weekdays, available by 7am.

SUTD student projects on show

Students from the Singapore University of Technology and Design will showcase their final-year projects on Wednesday (Aug 3).

About 40 projects – some initiated by companies – will be exhibited and they span areas such as robotics, smart technology and mobility devices.

New governance index for firms

The National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School logo. PHOTO: CIMA

The NUS Business School’s Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations will unveil on Wednesday (Aug 3) a governance and transparency framework for Singapore-listed companies.

Under the new index, companies will continue to be ranked on matters such as accountability and audit.

Additional factors such as  how they handle a broader range of stakeholders, including employees and the community, will also be taken into account.

Cabinet reshuffle in Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) speaks to journalists at his official residence in Tokyo on July 3, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to reshuffle his Cabinet on Wednesday (Aug 3), retaining several key ministers.

He is likely to pick ruling party policy chief Tomomi Inada as defence minister, according to local media, which could upset China and South Korea given her conservative views on wartime history.