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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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Tens of Thousands of Senior Drivers in Japan Show Signs of Dementia

30,170 Japanese drivers ages 75 years and older have shown signs of dementia. This is according to recent results of a cognitive test done under the revised Road Traffic Law. The figures were released last November 2 by the National Police Agency.     About 1.12 million elderly drivers took the test since the law took effect

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November 13, 2017
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Japan Drops 3 Places to Gender Equality Rankings

Japan is at the 114th spot for this year’s World Economic Forum’s global gender equality rankings. It went down from 111th last 2016 and is considered as the worst standing among the world’s major economies under the Group of Seven.     According to the Geneva-based think tank, Japan’s fallen ranking was due to the decline in its

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November 10, 2017
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Japan, India signs MoC on Technical Intern Training Programme

India and Japan have signed the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on the Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP) last October 17. India’s Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan visited Tokyo on behalf of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of Government of India for this official agenda. Minister of Health,

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November 8, 2017
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Japan Accepts Foreign Trainees As Nursing Care Regulars

Japan’s labor ministry will now allow foreign caregiver trainees to become regular employees of nursing care facilities after a six-month working period. The decision is brought forth to cater to the increasing number of elderly patients and residents.   The added manpower will enable nursing care facilities to accommodate more residents under the ministry ordinance that stipulates requirements

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November 6, 2017
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Trump in Japan for N.Korea Talks

US President Donald Trump had his first country stop in Japan last November 5 for a 12-day tour in Asia. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hosted Trump in a meeting with the families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea. He was also scheduled to meet with Japanese and American service members.   As Trump dined and played

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November 3, 2017
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Duterte Rewards Soldiers With Japan Trip

  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gave a memorable reward to the top military officers who served in Marawi for 5 long months following the ISIS attacks and threats. The president allowed some top commanders to join him on his recent visit to Japan late last October.   “I just invited them for a respite…At least they have time

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November 1, 2017
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Duterte Cuts Toast Remarks With Abe in Japan, Jokes He Is Hungry

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was his usual playful self amid visiting a country known for strict discipline and protocols. Duterte met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo last October 30.   Known for deviating from his prepared speeches, the Filipino president drew laughter from the audience when he said that he will skip two pages of

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October 30, 2017
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Japan’s New Foreign Trainees’ Work Law Has Penal Regulations

Japan is increasing its efforts to entice foreign vocational trainees after tougher new laws took effect last November 1. The new laws is expected to eliminate abuse by employers through misusing the Technical Intern Training Programs in order to obtain cheap labor amid domestic manpower constraints.     An official of the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry who

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October 27, 2017
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Japan Stores Offer Day Care Services To Entice Housewives To Work

Japan’s convenience store and restaurant operators have put up day care facilities to entice housewives to join the workforce as a means of addressing the country’s labor shortage.     Seven-Eleven Japan Co. recently opened two nursery schools for its employees— one in Ota Ward in Tokyo and another in Hiroshima Prefecture—a wise strategy since both areas have long

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October 25, 2017
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‘Konkatsu’, ‘selfie’ added to Kojien dictionary; ‘Yurukyara’, ‘Guguru’ Excluded

The Kojien dictionary, Japan’s most authoritative Japanese-language dictionary, published the seventh and latest version with 10,000 new words such as “hanii torappu” (honey trap), “biggu mausu” (big mouth) and “karēshū” (an old person’s distinctive smell).     Other new entries that made it to the list are:   “apuri” – app “burakku kigyō” – exploitative firms with bad working conditions “Isuramu-koku” –

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October 23, 2017