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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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Tokyo Couple arrested for killing daughter

Police arrested a couple in Tokyo on Wednesday suspected of neglecting their daughter resulting in her death. The mother, who left desperate messages in a notebook begging for them to stop abusing her on a daily basis, seemed indifferent.   According to the police report, Yudai Funato and his wife Yuri, had starved their daughter,

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June 8, 2018

Japan and the labor crisis. Will opening doors solve the problem?

Tokyo’s Koto area is just waking up when a Vietnamese national along with his four Vietnamese colleagues arrive at the construction site at 6:30. A small group of Japanese colleagues go with them everyday to work and they spend the day moving heavy wooden planks and pouring concrete for a seven-story condo building.   Immigration

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June 6, 2018

Japan to welcome half million foreign workers for labor shortage

Japan is finally opening its job market and the Japanese government decided Tuesday to welcome half a million foreign workers through to 2025 to compensate for the labor shortage in Japan’s specialized industries.   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new economic policy will outline the plan in detail and is due in mid-June with legal revisions,

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June 4, 2018

Tokyo’s taxi industry undergoing some radical changes

Tokyo’s taxi industry is drastically changing itself and how it operates as the extremely high levels of tourism were unexpected and caught the country off guard plus, it will soon host two major sporting events in the next 2 years.   Skilled and/or repeat travellers to Japan who have called for a taxi in Tokyo,

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June 1, 2018

Forgotten hand-to-hand WWII Battle of Attu still haunts vets

William Roy Dover’s memory of the World War II battle is as sharp as it was 75 years ago, even though it’s been long forgotten by most everyone else.   His first sergeant woke him from his tent at 2 in the morning when word came that the Japs were attacking and had maybe even

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May 30, 2018

Trump-Kim summit back on track, Moon says after secret meeting

With all eyes on next month’s on-again, off-again summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, Kim reiterated his commitment to the “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” and to a Trump sit-down, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Sunday, a day after his secret meeting with Kim at the two

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May 28, 2018

Shinzo Abe struggling to contain fallout from scandal land deal

Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, issued an apology today after the country’s Finance Ministry admitted tampering with official documents to remove references to him and First Lady Akie Abe.   The long-running scandal puts the leader’s political future in doubt as he prepares to seek an unprecedented third term in office later this year.  

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May 23, 2018
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Japan: Coast Guard assert territorial waters

Japan called on North Korea on Saturday to take actions toward denuclearization by complying with U.N. sanctions over its nuclear and missile development, a two-day summit meeting in northeastern Japan.   In the joint declaration released after the gathering in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and leaders from 14 Pacific island nations

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May 21, 2018

Japan’s sexual crime victims didn’t receive compensation

Approximately 95% of sexual crime victims and their families haven’t received compensation from their assailants or public financial assistance due to lack of awareness on the consultation services available.   The National Police Agency analyzed and processed 917 respondents who said they were victims in an online survey conducted between January 19 through 28 that

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May 18, 2018

WeToo replaces MeToo in Japan’s victim-blaming society

A college student, Monica Fukuhara, was working at a restaurant when something happened to her. As she was saying goodbye to a customer, he grabbed her chest. The man was a valued regular and she was a part-time waitress. The manager simply shrugged.   She said that Japanese society makes it difficult for sexual harassment

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May 16, 2018