Govt. wants to minimize tax impacts

Japan Economy News - October 15, 2018 - 21:30
The Japanese government is looking at how to minimize the impact of the tax hike. (NHK)
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Suga: Facebook leak may affect Japanese users

Japan Sci-Tech News - October 15, 2018 - 21:28
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says Facebook has informed the government that its recent massive data leak could involve Japanese users. (NHK)
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First joint survey planned for Daisen Kofun, Japan's largest ancient tomb

Japan Education News - October 15, 2018 - 21:26
The Imperial Household Agency said Monday it will jointly excavate Japan’s largest ancient mounded tomb with a local government for the first time. (Japan Times)
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Showa University admits to rigging entrance exam results

Japan Education News - October 15, 2018 - 21:25
Showa University in Tokyo admitted Monday that its medical school has been rigging entrance examination results in favor of first- and second-time test takers, while putting former students' children high on waiting lists to fill vacancies. (Jiji)
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Woman arrested for killing brother to be charged over father's death

Japan Society News - October 14, 2018 - 21:20
Police in Sakai, Osaka, plan to charge a 44-year-old woman, already under arrest for killing her 40-year-old brother by making it look like he committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning, with the murder of her father by withholding his insulin. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo: Doctor used 'JK' service for illicit encounter with teen

Japan Society News - October 14, 2018 - 21:18
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a male doctor who has been accused of using a so-called “JK business” for an illicit encounter with a teenage girl earlier this year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 11). (tokyoreporter.com)
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Japan eyes reducing amount of plastic waste by as much as 25% by 2030

Japan Sci-Tech News - October 14, 2018 - 21:05
The government will announce an ambitious plan aimed at cutting disposable plastic waste by 25 percent over the next decade while promoting environmentally friendly bioplastics made from plants, sources said Saturday. (Japan Times)
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Abe decides to raise consumption tax as scheduled

Japan Economy News - October 14, 2018 - 20:56
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to increase the consumption tax rate from 8 pct to 10 pct in October next year as planned to secure funds to carry out programs to realize a social security system that will be beneficial for all generations, sources close to him said Sunday. (Jiji)
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Family seeks damages over suicide of Japanese 'farming idol'

Japan Society News - October 12, 2018 - 23:28
The family of a pop group member promoting agriculture in western Japan who hanged herself in March sued officials of her talent agency for damages on Friday, claiming their harassment and overwork caused her death. (Japan Today)
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NHK to reduce subscription fees

Japan Business News - October 12, 2018 - 23:23
The head of NHK said Friday the Japanese public broadcaster aims to lower its subscription fees, possibly from fiscal 2019, after a government panel made it a condition for the company to start simultaneous online streaming of its television programs. (Japan Today)
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More med schools suspected of rigging entrance exam results

Japan Education News - October 12, 2018 - 23:05
A education ministry survey has found that more universities with medical departments in Japan are suspected of rigging entrance examination results, education minister Masahiko Shibayama said Friday. (Jiji)
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Japan presents outline of new residence status for foreign workers

Japan Politics News - October 12, 2018 - 22:58
The Japanese government presented Friday an outline for a planned residence status program for foreign workers, which it aims to introduce in April next year. (Jiji)
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Yasukuni Shrine's chief priest forced to quit after criticizing Emperor for not visiting war-linked shrine

Japan Politics News - October 11, 2018 - 21:32
In one of the most shocking scandals to hit Tokyo’s 149-year-old war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, the shrine’s top priest has been forced to resign after admitting his reported remarks harshly criticizing Emperor Akihito were genuine. (Japan Times)
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FamilyMart Uny to make discount operator Don Quijote its affiliate

Japan Business News - October 11, 2018 - 21:29
Major Japanese retailer FamilyMart Uny Holdings Co. said Thursday it will make discount store operator Don Quijote Holdings Co. its affiliate in a deeper capital tie-up amid intensifying competition in the shrinking domestic retail market. (Kyodo)
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Japanese Princess Ayako to get 106.75 million yen in state money

Japan Society News - October 11, 2018 - 21:24
The Imperial House Economy Council decided on Thursday that 106.75 million yen in state money will be given to Princess Ayako, 28, who is set to marry this month and lose her Imperial Family status. (Jiji)
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Japan to grant highly skilled foreigners indefinite residence

Japan Education News - October 11, 2018 - 21:23
Japan will grant indefinite residence to highly skilled workers from abroad under a planned resident status program for foreigners, it was learned Thursday. (Jiji)
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Hayabusa2 landing postponed until next year

Japan Sci-Tech News - October 11, 2018 - 21:20
Japan's space agency says it will postpone landing its Hayabusa2 probe on the asteroid Ryugu until at least next January. The landing was planned for late October. (NHK)
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Ministry panel starts talks on cuts to mobile phone tariffs

Japan Business News - October 10, 2018 - 21:56
A study group at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications held its first meeting Wednesday, where it discussed ways to spur industry competition with the aim of lowering mobile phone fees in the nation. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo Games organizers confirm courses for 2020 cycling events

Japan Sports News - October 10, 2018 - 21:49
The organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Games announced the routes for the Olympic individual time trial and Paralympic road race on Wednesday, finalizing the courses for all cycling events taking place in two years’ time. (Japan Times)
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Airbnb to review private lodging contract terms

Japan Business News - October 10, 2018 - 21:38
Accommodation service provider Airbnb says it will review its contract terms with private lodging operators in Japan. (NHK)
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