Japanese Government to Schools: Give High Grades, Get Salary Raise

Education officials here are hoping to improve the students academic performances by offering a bit of incentive to the principals of their schools-cold hard cash.   The city’s board of education plans to use students test results to partly determine its evaluations of heads of municipal elementary and junior high school starting in fiscal 2019.

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February 1, 2019

Japanese Ministry of Defense in Hot Water for alleged Involvement in Anti-US Protests

A black list of protesters was presented today at the request of the Ministry of Defense. The reason why this black list was needed was so that the authorities can identify who are against the building of a new US base in Okinawa.   The private security contractors (or private military contractors) involved are the Risingsun Security Corporation.

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February 1, 2019

U.N to SoKor: You violated NoKor Sanctions

The United Nations reported that South Korea violated sanctions to North Korea by failing to notify the Security Council about their shipment of petroleum products to the Hermit Kingdom.   For the past two years, the South Korean government has been trying to ease tensions and make a better relationship with North Korea. The amount of fuel was

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February 1, 2019
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China to restructure trades in talks

Photo credit to: https://www.rappler.com China already presented plans to increase imports in 12 fields, including energy, agricultural products and industrial goods, at working-level trade talks held on Jan. 7-9 in Beijing, a source familiar with the negotiations said.   In Washington, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will meet with Robert Lighthizer and Steven Mnuchin. Liu is also expected

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January 31, 2019
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Japan calls on the world to help bring in foreign workers

Japanese cities having a large foreign population on Tuesday urged the central government to offer more assistance as the country will start accepting more workers from abroad in about two months under a new visa system.   Chiefs and representatives of 15 municipalities with an especially high concentration of citizens from South America and elsewhere gathered for their

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January 31, 2019
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Popular Jpop group’s hiatus shocks Japan

A surprise announcement by all-male idol group Arashi that it plans to go on a hiatus at the end of next year continued to ripple across the country Monday.   The group has engaged in various fundraising activities for regions devastated by natural disasters such as Miyagi Prefecture, one of the areas most severely affected by a major

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January 30, 2019
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U.S. SEC investigating Ghosn

Nissan Motor Co. said Monday it is being investigated by the U.S. securities watchdog over disclosures of executive pay, adding to the woes of the Japanese automaker, which has seen its former chairman Carlos Ghosn arrested over alleged financial misconduct.   The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into the disclosure practices related to the remuneration of senior

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January 30, 2019

Sumo wrestler advances with new tournament titles

Sekiwake Tamawashi became the second oldest wrestler in sumo’s current format to secure his maiden championship, winning the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, the tourney’s 15th and final day.   The Mongolian wrapped up his triumph with his 13th victory, beating No. 9 maegashira Endo (10-5) for the 10th time in 16th career bouts. Tamawashi entered

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January 30, 2019

Nissan and Renault might get one CEO

photo credit to: https://www.breakingnews.ie   French President Emmanuel Macron told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that it would be appropriate for Renault SA’s new chairman to also be chairman of Nissan Motor Co., according to Fuji News Network.   Macron floated the idea to Abe during a phone call on Friday, the network reported, citing a

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January 28, 2019

Japan’s baseball culture in crisis

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo is hoping to go to the major leagues next year, but his focus Friday was on a perceived crisis in his homeland’s youth baseball culture.   In a press conference at Tokyo’s Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, the DeNA BayStars captain and cleanup hitter said Japanese youth baseball prioritizes winning competitions at the

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January 28, 2019