Survey Reveals How Japanese Firms are Affected by the Global Pandemic

The World Health Organization has recently announced that the novel corona virus which originated in Wuhan China last December 2019 already become a global pandemic as it has affected numerous countries across the globe and brought about serious damage or repercussions not only in the population but also in the economic performance and stability in the affected countries.  
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Foreign Scientists May Avail of Benefits under Highly Skilled Professional Visa

The Land of the Rising Sun is widely known as one of the most advanced countries across the globe when it comes to scientific research and technology. In this regard, a lot of big and international companies and firms have expressed their intention to invest in Japan. A number of these companies have set up their physical existence
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Two Instances that Enable Foreign Professionals to Avail of Green Card in Japan

The Japanese government deems it to be in the best of the country to encourage the influx of more and more foreign professionals in the Land of the Rising Sun. Having highly skilled foreign professionals can be considered as a big asset to promote the economic growth of Japan considering that the potential of these foreign professionals to
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Foreign Care Givers Allowed to be Exempted from Industry Specific Exam to Obtain Visa

Known to many countries across the globe, Japan is currently dealing with the impacts of an aging population as a result of its low birth rate and a vast decline in inward migration. With the tremendous rise in the number of senior citizens in the country, there is also a corresponding need to increase social welfare benefits and
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Japanese Immigration Agency Determined to Bolster Foreign Worker Recruitment

With the the amendment of the Immigration Control Act that took effect last April of 2019, more and more foreign nationals have expressed their interest in working and residing in the Land of the Rising Sun. This is one of the measures undertaken by the Japanese government in order to address the chronic labor shortage in the country
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Japanese Government Aims to Distribute Foreign Workers to Different Regions Across Japan

Chronic labor shortage is a prevalent issue not only in the capital city, Tokyo but also across different cities and prefectures in Japan. The aging population as a result of low birth rate and a decline inward migration has already taken its toll in a number of industries and sectors in the Land of the Rising Sun particularly
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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

Japanese Figure Skating Champion is a 16 year old

Sixteen-year-old Rika Kihira on Saturday won the NHK Trophy in her Grand Prix debut following an outstanding women’s free skate performance, while Shoma Uno made it a golden double for Japan by taking out the men’s competition.   High school student Kihira, who placed fifth following the short program on Friday, scored 154.72 in the free skate for

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November 12, 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

Japan allows more foreign workers. Then again…..

The envisaged creation of a new visa program to accept foreign workers may help ease Japan’s serious labor crunch that looks set to get worse in coming years amid the rapid aging of its society.   For a country known for keeping a firm grip on immigration, however, the challenges are manifold, ranging from social

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November 5, 2018

Labor Saving Machines are Taking over Japan

The machinery sector is striving to develop labor-saving technology with artificial intelligence and connected devices to help firms cope with labor shortages in industries from construction and natural resource development to electronic parts manufacturing.   Major Japanese machinery makers such as Komatsu Ltd. and Fanuc Corp. gathered earlier this month at an electronics show near

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October 31, 2018

Japanese strategy to China isn’t so tough anymore

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s three-day official trip to China through Saturday put priority on conjuring up images of friendliness, despite persistent differences over security and territorial issues.   Leading up to talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing, Abe had been discreetly omitting the word ”strategy” in public speeches when

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October 29, 2018

Japanese Diet: Japan after WWII

Shinzo Abe reiterated his vow to put Japan’s unresolved World War II diplomatic challenges at rest; placing emphasis on ensuring the return of citizens abducted by North Korean agents and the signing of a peace treaty with Russia.   In his speech at Diet, Abe recycled the slogan “summing up Japan’s post war diplomacy” which

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October 26, 2018

Japan and AI: Schools using robots to teach English

Japanese schools are trying to find ways to take advantage of robots equipped with artificial intelligence in the teaching of English as the country plans to make the language must be official at elementary schools from the spring of 2020.   Each elementary classroom, a sixth-grader describes, in great detail and in good English, a

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October 24, 2018

Japan and the Okinawa Military Base

The Japanese government on Wednesday took countermeasures against Okinawa over its recent move to block landfill work for a key U.S. military base transfer within the small southern island prefecture.   The central government requested the land ministry to review and invalidate the Okinawa government’s decision that has suspended work for the controversial relocation of

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October 19, 2018