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Experts Recommend Simpler and More Understandable Disaster Advisories in Japan

Over the years, the Land of the Rising has become more open to international sojourners and overseas workers in the country. More and more foreigners are interested to come to Japan especially with the recent enactment of the Revised Immigration Law. The law relaxes the stringent immigration policies particularly for designated skilled workers in the fourteen sectors identified by
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Tokyo Enacts Ordinance to Strengthen Passive Smoking Regulation

With the much anticipated 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic games, the Japanese government is preoccupied in adopting measures to ensure public safety as well as the smooth flow of events during the multi national sports game. One of the policies which the Organizing Committee of the Tokyo Olympics, in coordination with the government is planning to implement is the
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Bus and Railway Operators to Extend Schedule for Off-Hour Arrivals at Narita Airport

Every year, Japan welcomes millions of foreign tourists and travel enthusiasts flying into the country at Narita International Airport located in Chiba Prefecture. One of the major concerns of these travellers is the inadequate means of transportation available for passengers during late night hours. As a consequence, some of the overseas passengers and even airline staff may be left
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US Startup Firm to Release Special Suits for Elderly People in Japan

Among the most prevalent issues that Japan has to deal with is its aging population as a result of consistent low birth rate and declining inward population. Over the years, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of senior citizens in the Land of the Rising Sun. In fact, more than thirty five million people are
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Tokyo and Osaka Among the Top Five Safest Cities Worldwide

The most recent research and analysis conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit revealed a list of the safest cities across the globe. Tokyo, the capital city of Japan ranked first in the said report. Osaka is also regarded as the third safest city worldwide.   During the conference in which the Safe Cities Index 2019 report was
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Japanese Society Becomes More Open to Body Size Diversity

The Land of the Rising Sun is known worldwide not only for its delicious cuisines but mostly for its healthy selection of food and dishes. Majority of Japanese are very health conscious and particular about their diet. For most people in Japan, being slim and slender is regarded as the standard of beauty especially among women.   In
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Kobe and the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995

Kobe, a city in western Japan, marked the 23rd anniversary of an earthquake that measured 7.3 on the Richter scale and claimed the lives of 6,434 people on Wednesday.   At exactly 5:46 a.m., survivors braved the heavy rain to observe a moment of silence on Jan. 17, 1995, the exact same time and date when the Great

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January 19, 2018
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Foreign worker fatalities show worker exploitation in Japan

Incidents in Japan related to work killed 22 foreign workers over three-years, from 2014 to 2017, reflecting the risk that foreign workers brought here could face extremely dangerous conditions. While the causes of deaths of the 22 workers were caused by accidents, one was the result of overworked labor.     Over the 3 year period, there were

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January 17, 2018
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Schools integrate electronic apps to engage a new generation

Educational electronic apps are becoming increasingly used in Japanese schools and these artificial intelligence apps have become widespread in education and in subjects that many Japanese teachers cannot teach easily.     One subject in particular where Japanese teachers need help in teaching students is English. One such school, Nippon Sports Science University Kashiwa High School, uses an app

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January 15, 2018
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Tepco to release treated radioactive water into the sea

A decision has been made to release radioactive tritium water from Fukushima’s No. 1 nuclear plant into the sea. Toyoshi Fuketa has stated that they will face challenges by releasing the water into the sea or not. About one million tons of the radioactive water is still inside the reactor with nowhere to go.   Tokyo Electric Power

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January 12, 2018
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U.S.A., Japan to meet in Hawaii over Military Accidents

America has once again apologized to Japan on Tuesday over a recent series of military accidents that have sparked outrage among civilians over American operations in the country.     General James Mattis, U.S. Secretary of Defense, apologized to Japan’s Minister of Defense, Itsunori Onodera, after multiple accidents, particularly about the emergency landing of a U.S. military helicopter in

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January 10, 2018
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Sexual Harassment and Violence in Japan

Millions of women around the world use the “#MeToo” hashtag to share their experiences of sexual abuse, harassment and violence in an attempt to denounce sexual attacks and exploitation of women. Time magazine has even named them “Silence Breakers” Person of the Year in 2017.   Japan, however, hasn’t seen the #MeToo campaign hasn’t really been as successful

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January 8, 2018
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Discrimination still abounds in Japan

Figures released in 2017 indicated that, statistically, Japan’s population is not just continuing to age, but they are accelerating. Alarmingly, yearly births fell under 1 million which is a record low, while deaths reached a record high.   Japan’s secondary schools have a degree of uniformity that prevents diversity. And this trend reached its conclusion with the news

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January 5, 2018
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Tourism between China and NoKor seems OK

Chinese tourists still visit Pyongyang from time to time across China’s border city of Dandong, even after authorities unofficially halted the tours just days from U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to China the previous month.     40 Chinese tourists left from Dandong to Pyongyang on Friday and is a sign that local authorities have not been strongly

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December 22, 2017
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Japanese PM, Shinzo Abe, wants a new Constitution

When the decade-old- serving Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, is experiencing high tensions with an extremely hostile neighbour, North Korea, you remake the constitution.   Ever since it’s defeat in WWII, Japan’s constitution has largely been pacifist and completely against the idea of having a large military.   Recently, over 80% of the lower house voted

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December 20, 2017
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General Mattis: NoKor ICBM not yet a threat

On Friday, December 15, 2017, Secretary of Defense, General Jim Mattis analyzed North Korea’s most recent nuclear missile test launch and did not believe it was a threat at the moment.   Reporters in the Pentagon were told; “It has not yet shown to be a capable threat against us right now … we’re still doing the forensics

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December 18, 2017