Japanese schools permit mobile phones. But only for emergencies

The Osaka prefectural government on Feb. 18 has announced a draft revision to the guidelines that would allow public elementary and junior high school students to bring cellphones to schools and use them during emergencies and disaster situations.   Education minister Masahiko Shibayama told reporters at a news conference on Feb. 19, when asked about

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February 21, 2019

Japan allows foreign graduates of local schools to work

The Justice Ministry plans to widen the Designated Activities visa to allow foreign graduates of universities in Japan to work at low-skilled hospitality jobs and further alleviate labor shortages around Japan.   The ministry has drafted a policy that will make it easier for foreigners who graduate from universities or graduate schools in Japan to

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February 20, 2019

The Referendum for US base in Okinawa draws near

The march, like one held in a local festival, came two days after the Feb. 14 official start of campaigning on the issue of relocating the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan to the Henoko district off Nago, also in Okinawa Prefecture.   The project, relentlessly pursued by the Abe administration despite fierce

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February 20, 2019

NoKor hopes for economic growth with upcoming talks with America

Expectations have been growing in Pyongyang for an economic breakout ahead of a planned second U.S.-North Korea summit later this month, as the latest information and electronics technologies become increasingly visible in the country’s showcase city.   Some locals have expressed hope that North Korea’s economy will be revitalized thanks to an improvement of its

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February 19, 2019

The first time NoKor celebrates Kim Il-Sung’s birthday without US intervention

North Korea on Saturday marked the birthday of late leader Kim Jong Il with no outward provocation against the United States, in the run-up to a second summit between the two countries later this month.   Flags and placards have been placed along all highways and main roads of Pyongyang in celebration of the father

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February 18, 2019

Trump, Border Wall and National Emergencies. What’s going on?

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to secure funds for a wall on the border with Mexico without congressional approval, a controversial move that appears certain to draw a court challenge from Democrats.   With the declaration, Trump is seeking to divert about $6.5 billion in funds from the military and

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February 18, 2019

Japan360 Joins UPH Las Pinas University Days

University days always bring that unexplainable excitement to everyone. Students are looking forward to that fun-filled week with loads of entertainment for all students and faculty. We are very grateful to be invited to participate in UPH’s university days. This is perhaps the perfect chance for us to introduce and launch Japan-360.net to the public.

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February 15, 2019

SDF recruitment in each prefecture discovered to be uncooperative

The Defense Ministry corrected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s remark that prefectural governments were not cooperating in the recruitment of Self-Defense Forces members, but even the ministry’s explanation was inaccurate.   Two days later, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya corrected Abe’s remark and said cooperation was not forthcoming from municipal governments, rather than prefectural governments.   According

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February 15, 2019

LGBT couples want to be heard despite legal barriers on Saint Valentine’s Day

Choosing Valentine’s Day to make a heartfelt statement, gay couples will file the first- ever lawsuits in Japan challenging the constitutionality of not recognizing same-sex marriages.   The plaintiffs in the group suits are 13 same-sex couples who reside in Tokyo and seven other prefectures and range in age from their 20s to 50s. The

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February 15, 2019

Japanese LGBTQI: It’s difficult to go to college

photo credit to: https://www.scmp.com   More than 40 percent of respondents who identify with being sexual minorities said they were harassed or felt discomfort as college students sitting for job interviews.   The finding was among the results of an online survey by ReBit, a nonprofit organization established to raise greater awareness of lesbian, gay,

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February 15, 2019