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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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NoKor wants all to watch it destroy its Punggye-ri nuclear test site

The country has announced that it will hold a ceremony between May 23 and 25 and even invited foreign journalists to witness what would be a transparent event.   Skeptics say Pyongyang may have ulterior motives for its announcement late Saturday, pointing to previous demonstrations where it carried out similar shows but commitment to deals

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May 14, 2018

Moon’s presidency one year later: Is he a pragmatic leader?

Thursday marked the anniversary since South Korean President Moon Jae-in was sworn into office. This comes after a sudden about-face from North Korea on its nuclear weapons and missile program, which could stop tensions about the nuclear crisis it had created and stage a reconciliation with the South.   Throughout the crisis, Japanese experts and

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May 11, 2018

SDF officer reprimanded for insulting lawmaker

The Japanese Ministry of Defense sanctioned a senior Self-Defense Forces officer for insulting a Diet member on a street on Tuesday while he was off duty. A report concluded that his act degraded the dignity an SDF member, let alone officer, should maintain.   The incident raised doubts about civilian control of the SDF being

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May 9, 2018

Japan’s SDF dispatch to U.S. Okinawa base hits rock bottom

Japan’s plan to send SDF forces to a U.S.M.C. base in Okinawa after a U.S. helicopter accident earlier this year was inconvenienced due to U.S. reluctance.   The move to send SDF forces to U.S.M.C. Air Station Futenma was intended to allay safety concerns instigated by a torrent of emergency landings involving U.S. military helicopters

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May 7, 2018

Japan’s Constitution revision sits far as scandals take away support

Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, reiterated his push for a revision of the Constitution to formalize the legal status of the Self-Defense Forces on Thursday.   Despite his dream to revise the charter, increased activity of a string of recent scandals have paralyzed the Diet and has now dominated domestic headlines.     Abe’s message

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May 4, 2018

Trump talked out of pulling U.S. troops from South Korea

John Kelly, the Chief of Staff at the White House, persuaded U.S. President Donald Trump to not withdraw U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula ahead of the February Winter Olympics in South Korea. This was announced mere weeks ahead of a planned summit with Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump sometime in June.   NBC

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May 2, 2018

Kim Jong-Un to Abe: We need to talk

North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, said he was ready to hold dialogue with Japan at any time during the inter-Korean summit that Pyongyang and Seoulsaid on Sunday (April 29).   Mr Kim Eui Kyeom, spokesman for South Korean President Moon Jae In, said that Mr Moon had a 45 minute phone call with Japanese

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April 30, 2018

Kim and Moon meet in rare inter-Korean summit

In 1953, the Korean War ended in an armistice. However, after 65 years, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will become the first NoKor leader to set foot on South Korean soil when he’ll cross the DMZ on Friday for an historic summit with Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s counterpart.   The meeting will likely be

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April 27, 2018

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