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Japan wants more foreign nationals to join regional revitalization programs amid graying population

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 23:28
The internal affairs ministry will encourage foreign nationals living in Japan to join regional revitalization programs outside greater Tokyo and other big metropolises, sources said.In ...

Small Japanese firms fear foreign laborers will abandon them when new visas kick in

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 22:38
As Japan braces for a fresh influx of foreign workers from the new visa system starting next month, small and midsize firms fear the system ...

Idols and agencies in Japan navigate a brand new landscape

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 06:56
Television personality Masahiro Nakai made an appearance as a “surprise guest” on the March 10 installment of Nippon TV’s law-related variety show, “Gyoretsu no Dekiru ...

Are democratic principles at risk of being undermined?

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 06:44
Is democracy dying? Certainly authoritarianism is rising. A generation ago, it was the opposite — authoritarianism seemed moribund, democracy on the cusp of new life. ...

Denki Groove campaign reveals what Japan truly thinks of celebrities embroiled in drug scandals

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 06:42
It doesn’t take much for a celebrity drug scandal to be picked up by domestic news outlets in Japan, so when TV personality Pierre Taki ...

Otsu turns to AI in bid to help teachers detect signs of school bullying

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 05:59
The city of Otsu will begin next month the country’s first attempt to use artificial intelligence to help teachers detect signs of serious school bullying.AI ...

South Korean airline union demands Japanese civil servant apologize over airport incident

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 05:44
A Korean Air Lines Co. labor union has demanded that a Japanese civil servant accused of assaulting an airport worker in Seoul recently directly apologize ...

Japan plans to develop home-made long-range anti-ship missile to counter threat

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 05:20
The Defense Ministry plans to develop an original long-range anti-ship missile, apparently because anti-air missiles mounted on Chinese ships now have longer ranges than they ...

At Tokyo summit, Malala Yousafzai urges world leaders to expand educational opportunities for women

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 02:17
Visiting Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai urged world leaders Saturday to further promote the empowerment of women through education and financial support.Her call came ...

Planning for new visas faces delays

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 01:21
The central government is unsure when it will complete all of its preparations for two new visa categories, with preparatory work unlikely to be concluded ...

Japan and China to open talks on foreign infrastructure projects amid warming ties

Sat, 03/23/2019 - 00:43
Japan and China have agreed to launch talks to facilitate cooperation on infrastructure development projects in third countries amid a recent thaw in bilateral relations, ...

Major Mount Fuji eruption would shower about 1.5 cm of ash on central Tokyo: disaster management team

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 23:25
A major volcanic eruption of Mount Fuji similar to the one that occurred in 1707 could leave ash 1 to 1.5 cm thick in central ...

754 pass Japanese government’s first unified hiring exam for people with disabilities

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 23:01
A total of 754 candidates have passed the government’s first unified employment examination for people with disabilities, according to the National Personnel Authority.The examination started ...

Japan to make carbon dating of ivory mandatory for trade, tightening controls on oft-criticized market

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 21:43
Japan will tighten controls on its internationally maligned ivory market in July, requiring dealers to prove via carbon dating that specimens were legally obtained, the ...

33 women sue Tokyo Medical University over rigged entrance exams

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 07:01
A total of 33 women filed a damages suit Friday against Tokyo Medical University, claiming it rigged its entrance exams in favor of male candidates, ...

Assaulted member of AKB48 spinoff criticizes results of AKS probe as ‘lies’

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 06:40
A member of a sister group of the popular all-girl band AKB48 on Friday criticized the outcome of a probe into an alleged assault against ...

Malala urges Abe to take up education for young women at G20 summit this summer

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 06:10
Malala Yousafzai, an advocate for women’s education and the youngest person to become a Nobel Laureate, urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday to take ...

Justice Ministry overturns deportation order for gay Taiwanese man without visa

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 03:34
In a rare move, the Justice Ministry has revoked a deportation order for a gay Taiwanese man who remained in Japan illegally after overstaying his ...

Okinawa Gov. Tamaki’s plea for one-month suspension to work on Henoko base rejected by Tokyo, escalating tensions over Futenma relocation

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 03:08
Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya rejected on Friday a request by Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki for a one-month suspension of land reclamation work in the Henoko ...

Haruki Murakami: Writing in parallel universe, connecting with a global readership

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 03:02
In Japan, it was the runaway best-seller status of "Norwegian Wood" (1987), his wistful tale of crushed innocence and young love that sold more than ...

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