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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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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
In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, talks to members of the South Korean artistic group, including the South’s pop legends and popular girl band Red Velvet, after their performance in East Pyongyang Grand Theater in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sunday, April 1, 2018. Kim clapped his hands as he, along with his wife and hundreds of other citizens, watched a rare performance Sunday by South Korean pop stars visiting Pyongyang, highlighting the thawing ties between the rivals after years of heightened tensions over the North’s nuclear program. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

K-pop and Diplomacy in the Korean Peninsula

K-pop girl band, Red Velvet, is about to face what may be its toughest audience yet: North Korea.     The chart-topping South Korean girl group will perform on Sunday with 10 other South Korean music groups at the first of two concerts this week held in Pyongyang. It is the latest advance in SoKor’s

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April 2, 2018

Japanese high school girls quit school due to pregnancies

High school students in Japan showing signs of pregnancy in school years 2015 and 2016 dropped out of school forcibly or voluntarily.   The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology found that there were 2,098 pregnancies among high school students during the two-year period.     Of the 2,098 cases discovered, 32

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March 30, 2018