Seven Eleven Japan to Terminate Round the Clock Services due to Labor Shortage

Known to many countries across the globe, the Land of the Rising Sun is currently experiencing an aging population as a result of low birth rate and onward immigration. One of the biggest challenges of this decline is the country’s chronic labor shortage particularly in fourteen identified sectors such as but not limited to the food and service
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Japan Shows Overwhelming Support for Brave Blossoms in the Rugby World Cup

Ever since the commencement of the much anticipated 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan last September 20, hundreds of thousands of Japanese and foreign sports enthusiasts and rugby fanatics have joined the hype. The tremendous popularity of the rugby games in the Land of the Rising Sun has a positive impact in its economy and inbound tourism.  
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Mitsubishi Japan to Launch a Modern Dynamic Sign to Guide Concert Goers and Travellers

The Land of the Rising Sun is known worldwide as a technological hub not only in Asia but across the globe. Year in and year out, hundreds of thousands of travel enthusiasts come to visit Japan not only to go sightseeing in the country’s awe inspiring tourist attractions, experience its unique culture and try out some iconic Japanese
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Coca Cola Japan to Launch a One of a Kind Musical Packaging for Christmas

In general, Japanese companies, businesses and establishments from various sectors are best known in the commercial market for their distinctive taste and originality. Hundreds of thousands of consumers from different parts of the globe are interested in purchasing Japanese made products because of their good quality and unique ideas that cannot be found elsewhere in the world.   For
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International Fans of Rugby World Cup Looks Back at the History of the Game in Japan

With the commencement of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan last September 20, hundreds of thousands of sports enthusiasts and rugby fanatics have joined the hype as they witness the exciting rugby games during the course of the international sports event. A number of foreign spectators have even showed interest in the striking history of rugby in
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Japan is Set to take part in US Space Exploration Program

Previously, the United States announced the launching of a program that is set to land astronauts on the moon by the year 2024. In this regard, the Japanese space policy committee in the Cabinet Office decided to participate in the said program.   The said decision will be relayed by the Japanese government to Washington in the latter part
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Japanese Vice Finance Minister resigns for sexual harassment charges

Japanese Finance Ministry’s top bureaucrat resigned over sexual harassment allegations, with criticism mounting about the government’s response to the scandal.   Vice Finance Minister, Junichi Fukuda, denied the accusations but give up his post, claiming that his duties were becoming difficult and unbearable to perform all while the controversy broke out.   Opposition parties took

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April 25, 2018

Japan’s media is riddled with sexual harassment scandals

The #MeToo movement was initially slow to spread in Japan but is now quickly gaining ground.   The latest source of debate is a journalist, claiming a top figure in the Finance Ministry sexually harassed her. The woman, who wishes to have her identity withheld, told her story to the Shukan Shinco, a weekly magazine,

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April 23, 2018

US and Japan metal tariff exemption is almost non-existent

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump remained at a stalemate on trade issues on Wednesday after two days of talks. The two leaders said they had agreed to begin discussions on what they called “free, fair and reciprocal” trade.   Speaking at a joint news conference at Trump’s Mar-a- Lago resort

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April 20, 2018
Japan’s Internal Affairs Minister Seiko Noda speaks at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan August 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan lawmakers question sexual harassment probe

Cabinet ministers and other lawmakers questioned the Finance Ministry’s handling into a sexual harassment probe. The allegations were made by female reporters against Junichi Fukuda, a top government official, after the ministry asked the reporters to come forward and speak to lawyers.   Seiko Noda, an internal affairs minister, said that it’s a hurdle for

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April 18, 2018

Japan eyes new residency status for foreign workers

Japan is creating a new residency status for foreign technical interns as part of efforts to tackle severe labor shortages.   The status allows those who have completed a five-year foreign worker technical training program and those who have met stringent requirements to stay and work for five more years.   The government will incorporate

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April 16, 2018

Japan sees more teens using Marijuana in 2017 than in 2013

Japanese Police cracked down on 3,008 people in cases involving marijuana in 2017, up 472 from the previous year.   The National Police Agency data showed on Thursday that more people, particularly teens, are using marijuana amid toughened measures on restrictions on kiken (dangerous) drugs.   The number of individuals that came to police attention

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April 13, 2018
Passengers are seen in front of security check at the Tokyo International Airport, commonly known as Haneda Airport, in Tokyo, Japan January 10, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan and the Diet meeting approve ¥1,000 departure tax law

A recent bill that was passed specifies how revenue from a ¥1,000 departure tax will be used has been enacted by the Diet on Tuesday, as the government looks to boost tourism despite the number of foreign visitors increasing.   All travelers, both locals and foreigners, who leave the nation by plane or ship will

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April 11, 2018

Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force now has Marines

The Ground Self-Defense Force has marked a milestone through first dedicated amphibious fighting unit, better known as a Marine Corps, long deemed to be too offensive to possess under the country’s postwar defensive security policy.   The Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade, modelled after the U.S. Marine Corps, is a new force and facing challenges to

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April 9, 2018

Visa system extension for foreign Japanese

  A new program for ethnic Japanese between 18 and 30 who have basic Japanese skills equivalent to the N4 level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test are required to have support from people they know in Japan like family members or employers, who can get in touch with them on a monthly basis.  

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April 6, 2018

NoKor won’t talk about Japanese and SoKor abductees

North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, has ordered government agencies not to negotiate on the issue of Japanese abductees and issued a direct order not to take up, hold dialogue, or negotiate over the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korean agents in the past decades.   Choi Sung-Yong, the head of a group supporting

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April 4, 2018