New PostNew Japanese Empress will serve the people

Crown Princess Masako, who turned 55 on Sunday, vowed to make her best effort to serve for the people as she is set to become Japan’s empress after the imperial succession in May 2019.   In the statement released by the Imperial Household Agency, the crown princess said she is ”filled with deep emotions and

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December 10, 2018

Risky Royalty: Are Royal Family Members allowed to talk against the Government?

A Japanese prince has caused a controversy over how freely imperial family members can speak on contentious matters as the Constitution prohibits the head of the family from being involved in politics.   A rare move by imperial family members of Japan, a prince questioned the government’s decision to use a massive amount of public

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December 3, 2018

Nissan receives $15 Million investment from Ghosn

Ousted Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn is suspected of shifting some 1.7 billion yen ($15 million) of losses from personal investments to the automaker in 2008, adding to a list of alleged financial misconduct, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.   Japan’s Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission was aware of the alleged misconduct

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November 28, 2018

South Korea to dissolve WWII Comfort Women fund – Women enraged

South Korea said Wednesday it will dissolve a foundation set up as a key pillar of a 2015 bilateral agreement with Japan to settle the issue of Korean women forced to work in Japanese wartime military brothels, in a move that could further strain bilateral ties.   The agreement, under which Japan provided 1 billion

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November 23, 2018

Don’t Understate Your Salary No Matter How Small

Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested Monday on suspicion of understating his salary in Japan by 5 billion yen ($44 million),Tokyo prosecutors said, dealing a serious blow to the automaker that was saved and driven to growth path by the charismatic executive.   The 64-year-old executive, who is also chairman and CEO of

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November 21, 2018

Australia, New Zealand, Japan and USA now allies against China in South China Sea

Australia and New Zealand have been stepping up coordination with Japan and the United States over Pacific island states in the face of growing Chinese influence in a region that has traditionally been considered within the Oceanian powers’ sphere of influence.   In recent years, Beijing has increasingly invested in the South Pacific with loans

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November 19, 2018

Japan to hire 60,000 foreigners. As Long as You’re a Nurse

photo credit to: https://asia.nikkei.com Japan’s nursing care businesses are expected to accept up to 60,000 foreign workers over five years, the highest number among 14 industrial sectors facing labor shortages that will be subject to proposed changes of the immigration law, the government said Wednesday.   Disclosing a number of estimates to the ruling and

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November 16, 2018

U.S. to Japan: We’ll Resume Drills with SoKor

The United States has told Japan it may resume large-scale joint military exercises with South Korea as early as next spring, if there continues to be no tangible progress on the denuclearization of North Korea, Japanese government sources said Monday.   Japan, which has called on the international community to maintain pressure on Pyongyang, is

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November 14, 2018

Rigged Admissions: Tokyo Medical University Scandal

Tokyo Medical University said Wednesday it will admit some of the applicants who were rejected in 2017 and 2018 due to a rigged admissions process, but its president did not state whether there was gender discrimination in the process.   Of 101 students who were unfairly rejected, up to 63 may be able to attend

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November 9, 2018

Mitsubishi compensates Chinese Forced Labor during WWII

Mitsubishi Materials Corp. is in the final stages of setting up a fund that will be used to pay compensation to thousands of Chinese people forced to labor in Japan during World War II, it was learned Sunday.   The fund represents the final hurdle in a settlement that the Japanese company reached with the

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November 7, 2018