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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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NoKor Nukes: No deals unless they’re dismantled

North Korea is still secretly building nuclear weapons even though it’s dismantled one of it’s biggest nuclear weapons facilities. This facility is the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site (which was dismantled in April 2018 in an effort to reach out to America).   Sadly, A few months later, and after the Trump-Kim Summit, it was reported that North Korea

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March 4, 2019

Japanese Security Authorities run trials before Olympics

Japanese security agencies are on high alert even before the first participants of the Olympic games has even landed in Japanese soil. This is because the agencies are now preparing for a new method to counter threats.   These new threats have popped up in crowded places over the past decade and a half and they’re called terrorism.

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March 1, 2019

A book dedicated to all victims of gun violence

A book prepared by junior high schoolers was about gun violence and the dangers of people who have guns. The book is aptly named “Alyssa and Yoshi”, referring to two kids who were victims of gun violence who then met in heaven and moved on in the afterlife.   Alyssa and Yoshi are actual children who died in

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March 1, 2019

Trump and Kim in talks for a second day

It was both an exhilarating yet disappointing day for both North Korea and America. It was exhilarating because more talks means more peace but also was disappointing because both countries couldn’t agree to anything. Hence, trump walked out on the meeting mid-talk.   This has caused some to be alarmed that NoKor might even increase nuclear weapons production because

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March 1, 2019

Kim Jong Un takes train to Vietnam…. In 70 hours

Kim Jong-Un was reportedly taking the train to get to Hanoi, Vietnam for the 2nd US-NoKor summit and the train took 70 hours to get there. It’s no surprise because the Korean dictator used a train to travel 1,714 miles or 2,758.42 kilometers.   That distance is longer than the vertical distance of Texas, USA to

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February 28, 2019

Fukushima soil recycling debates: Safe or not?

The Fukushimia Daiichi Nuclear Disaster is an ill-fated disaster that happened after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake that measured 9.0 on the Richter scale. It is important to note that the nuclear reactors automatically self-shutdown to prevent damage.   But it proved futile because the ensuing tsunami caused the emergency power generators that provided control for the cooling pumps

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February 28, 2019

A landslide victory for Okinawa base vote

Among the supporters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, the majority cast ballots against moves by the Abe administration to relocate the Futenma Air Base in Ginowan to the Henoko district of Nago, according to an exit poll.   It emerged that the older the voters were, the more adamant they were in their opposition.

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February 27, 2019

Ken Watanabe helping out in disaster relief

When he is not busy filming and has time on his hands, acclaimed “Last Samurai” actor Ken Watanabe has another starring role: being behind the counter and serving meals to customers at his K-port cafe.   The actor sat down for an interview with The Asahi Shimbun to explain how he is trying to raise

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February 27, 2019

Okinawa base retrofitting given go-ahead despite a stern “no”

Photo credit to: https://www.straitstimes.com The return to Japan of the land where the Futunma air station is located, and the relocation of its functions, was agreed upon by Japan and the United States in the 1990s. However, Okinawa residents and politicians have demanded that the functions be moved outside of their prefecture, which is currently home to about

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February 26, 2019

Ghosn’s lawyer: Carlos is innocent

The case against former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn could damage Japan’s reputation as a place to do business, according to the veteran lawyer leading his defense team who maintains he is certain his client is innocent.   Speaking at a news conference Wednesday, Junichiro Hironaka said as with the world closely watching developments in the case,

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February 22, 2019