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Japan to Donate 1 Million Covid Vaccines to PH this Week

As a continuation of bilateral donations, Japan said on Tuesday that they will be sending millions of AstraZeneca vaccines to neighboring Asian nations including the Philippines.   Japan will be sending 1 million each to Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam this week.    “Glad to be the bearer of good news today. Japan will donate AstraZeneca
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Yay or Nay: Japan Proposes a 4-day Work Week

Early June 2021, the government included in its annual economic policy guidelines the proposal to employers to shorten the working days to 4 days. This would mean a 3-day weekend for every employee! Is it a yay or a nay for you?    According to the survey of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development,
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COMING SOON: Vaccine Passport in Japan

Japan is eyeing to organize the implementation of vaccine passports this summer modeling the European Union’s COVID certificate system.    While being behind in the vaccine rollout compared to other first-world nations, Japan has finally stepped up its game and is scheduled to begin its general public inoculation this June 2021.    With a goal
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Hanami Cancelled due to Coronavirus Pandemic

  Did you know that hanami is a Japanese practice or custom of viewing cherry blossoms when they are in full bloom in Japan? These Cherry blossoms are said to symbolize the fragility of life in Japanese culture as Cherry Blossoms’ full blooms last for only about a week before the petals start falling off
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Japan Inbound Travelers Required to Install Location Confirmation App and Skype on Smartphones

A new regulation enacted by the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare is set out in Japan to comply with the 14 days of self-quarantine upon arriving in Japan before mingling with the general public.   Three apps are required to be installed on your Smartphone upon arrival at either Haneda or Narita Airport. And
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Job Hunting Hurdles Due to Pandemic

With bankruptcies rising due the COVID-19 pandemic, this has imposed more challenges in landing a job after graduation to graduating university students in Japan. It is apparent these days in Japan that recruitment has been drastically changed due to COVID-19.    The ‘worker’s market’ used to be a place where these graduating students gain employment
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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
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Nanking Massacre Anniversary

December 13, 1937. It was the day the Japanese Imperial Army invaded China’s former capital city of Nanking. It was one of the most horrible aspects of war in the 20 th century as over 40,000-300,000 people were murdered in cold blood by the Japanese over 80 years ago.   If you’ve watched National Geographic over the past

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December 15, 2017
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No more Nukes!

Nuclear bombs and missiles. They are, without a shadow of a doubt, the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. They are the pinnacle of weapons technology and a good deterrent to war.     Recently, though, a Nobel Peace Prize was given to Anti-Nuclear Weapons activists and campaigners in Oslo, Norway on Sunday. ICAN, which is an abbreviation for International

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December 13, 2017
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Isis is Sisi

No, really. On Saturday, Iraqi Prime Minster Haider Al-Abadi claimed victory over Daesh in is country. After a bloody 3-year war with the brutal Islamic Insurgency and Extremist group, it seems that all is going to be well.     He has been quoted saying; “Our forces are in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border and I therefore

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December 11, 2017
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NoKor Nofly Zone

Even after North Korea launched missiles into Japanese airspace earlier this year, the United Nations Aviation Agency isn’t considering turning North Korea into a no fly zone.   Just about all airlines, however, are already avoiding NoKor airspace and are even re-routing their flights away from NoKor. In August of 2017, Air France, Lufthansa and Singapore airlines

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December 8, 2017
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Japan Welcomes Health Care Services Under TITP

Japan’s Technical Intern Training Program has welcomed health care services as part of their expanded vocational training program for foreign workers. Under this program, Japanese firms accept trainees from developing countries to help acquire job skills and eventually be employed in the country.     TITP was introduced in 1993 to transfer skills in the fisheries, agricultural and

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November 15, 2017