New PostAnti-Smoking Policy Tightened in Japan

Japan has long been regarded as one of the most sophisticated destinations among developed countries worldwide. It was also previously considered as an oasis for smokers since puffing on a cigarette was generally allowed in many establishments including, among others, restaurants and bars. Japan used to have a lenient policy on smoking. In fact, the World Health Organization declared

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April 25, 2019

New PostEnding the Heisei Era with a bang

The 30th of April 2019 marks the last day for the Heisei Era of Emperor Akihito which began on the 8th of January 1989, more than thirty years ago. According to news reports, Emperor Akihito and the Heisei Era will be succeeded by the Reiwa period of the Crown Prince Naruhito.   As Japan bids farewell to the

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April 25, 2019

New PostInformation leaks to be resolved through regulations of Technological Researches

Japan is considered to be one of the leading countries when it comes to technological advancements. Due to the proliferation of information leaks worldwide, the Japanese government incorporated specific policies in their foreign exchange and trade law with regard to the divulgence of sensitive technologies and products to non-Japanese firms.   However, this existing law only pertains to

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April 25, 2019

New PostModern times call for innovative measures

The Japan Business Federation, also known as Keidanren met with Japanese universities last Monday to discuss the implementation of an innovative system for the employment of fresh university graduates. In contrast to other countries where employees with specific skills are hired as soon as a vacancy arises, the traditional system of hiring in Japan consists of firms assessing the

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April 24, 2019

New PostA Healthy Food Choice without Compromise

Japan is not only known for its natural wonders, beautiful heritage sites and traditional arts. It is also widely recognized as a popular foodie destination. Food lovers all over the globe would definitely agree that Japanese cuisine is one of the best tasting food in the world. Among its food choices that gained international popularity is the mouth-watering

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April 24, 2019

New PostMore Japanese firms shy away from hiring fresh grads

Landing a job is one of the biggest challenges that fresh graduates all over the globe have to deal with. This is especially true among Japanese young professionals. Despite the economic challenges of an aging population and the corresponding decline in its workforce, a recent survey conducted by Kyodo News revealed a downward trend of available job opportunities

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April 23, 2019

New PostThe Super Aging Society in Japan increases as its overall population dwindles for the 8th consecutive year

In the Heisei Era which will end on the 30th of April this year, Japan continuously finds its population in a downward spiral effectively stirring up many different concerns for the country. One major consideration is the serious lack of human resources across a wide variety of industries that require specific technical skills.   Based on news reports, the

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April 23, 2019

New PostPossible labor exploitation in Japan?

The Revised Immigration Control Act was passed by the government of Japan to address its labor shortage issues across a wide variety of industries. This was aimed to encourage the influx of skilled foreign workers with the promise of a special residence visa that ranges approximately between three (3) to five (5) years. With this, one question surely comes

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April 22, 2019

New PostPros and cons of casinos and gambling in Japan

Addiction to gambling has become a prevalent social issue all over the world. Such compulsion carries with it a public stigma that can have crippling financial and social effects on the persons concerned and their family. Japan is not of course exempted from this widespread gambling effect. According to a government survey published in 2017, around 3.2 million

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April 22, 2019

New PostJapan hopes to attract more toursits by the year 2020

News reports recently announced that the government of Japan intends to attract approximately 40 million tourists by the year 2020. This will be just in time for the Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games that will be hosted by Japan during the same year. Along with this objective, the government of Japan likewise aims to capture at least eight

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April 19, 2019