Gov't aims to have new foreign workers focus on regional areas

Japan Economy News - December 13, 2018 - 22:54
The Japanese government plans to take measures to make regional labor markets accessible to foreign blue-collar workers to avoid them concentrating in large cities such as Tokyo when the country starts accepting them under the new visa system next year, the government's top spokesman said Thursday. (Japan Today)
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Fujii becomes youngest shogi player to reach 100th win

Japan Sports News - December 13, 2018 - 22:51
Sixteen-year-old shogi prodigy Sota Fujii has reached his 100th victory in official matches of the Japanese board game, becoming the youngest professional player to reach the milestone at the fastest pace in history. (Japan Today)
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Osaka: Cop on duty when suspect fled station was watching porn

Japan Society News - December 13, 2018 - 22:47
An officer who was on duty when a 30-year-old suspect escaped from a police station in Tondabayashi City earlier this year was watching an adult video (AV) clip, it was learned on Thursday, reports Nikkan Sports (Dec. 13). (
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Japan logs 2nd-longest post-war recovery

Japan Economy News - December 13, 2018 - 22:22
A Japanese government panel says a run of growth that began in December 2012 has now become the second-longest period of expansion in the post-war era. But that verdict comes as Japan struggles with sluggish wage growth and a chronic labor shortage. (NHK)
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Rakuten and Walmart open first Walmart e-commerce store in Japan

Japan Business News - December 11, 2018 - 22:50
Rakuten Inc and Walmart Inc officially opened the first Walmart e-commerce store in Japan, the Walmart Rakuten Ichiba Store, on the Rakuten Ichiba internet shopping mall. (Japan Today)
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Global IT talent war sends Japan tech salaries soaring

Japan Economy News - December 11, 2018 - 22:46
As the global shortage of skilled information technology experts hits Japan hard, companies are scrambling to lure and keep top talent with hefty annual pay packages. (Nikkei)
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Japan to offer free rubella vaccinations to combat outbreak

Japan Sci-Tech News - December 11, 2018 - 22:41
The Japanese government said Tuesday it will offer free rubella vaccinations for three years to men who were unvaccinated in their childhood amid an outbreak of the disease that threatens to dampen demand for travel to Japan. (Japan Today)
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Japan seeks 1st aircraft carrier to deploy stealth fighters

Japan Politics News - December 11, 2018 - 22:30
Japan is seeking to possess its first aircraft carrier to allow for the deployment of U.S.-made stealth fighters as it seeks to bolster its arms capability under a new 10-year defense plan. (Japan Today)
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Beijing court sentences Japanese man to 12 years in prison over spying

Japan Politics News - December 11, 2018 - 22:27
A court in Beijing has sentenced a Japanese man in his 70s who was arrested in China in June 2015 to 12 years in prison for spying, sources well-informed about Sino-Japanese relations said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Japan to effectively block China telecom giants

Japan Business News - December 10, 2018 - 22:17
Japan's government has decided to revise its procedures for purchasing telecommunications equipment, a move that would effectively exclude Chinese telecom giants. (NHK)
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Man, 27, found with corpse of girlfriend in Fukushima parking lot

Japan Society News - December 10, 2018 - 22:16
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 27-year-old man after he was found with the corpse of his girlfriend inside a vehicle in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Dec. 10). (
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23 years sought for man accused of causing road-rage accident that left couple dead and their children hurt

Japan Society News - December 10, 2018 - 22:11
Prosecutors sought a 23-year prison term for a 26-year-old man on Monday over an alleged road-rage incident near Tokyo last year that left a couple dead and their children injured. (Japan Times)
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Winter bonuses hit record in Japan, led by manufacturers

Japan Economy News - December 10, 2018 - 22:01
Winter bonuses at Japanese companies averaged an all-time high of 834,391 yen ($7,400) this year, according to a Nikkei survey released Monday, notching a sixth straight year of growth on strong corporate earnings. (Nikkei)
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Ghosn indicted, gets new arrest warrant

Japan Business News - December 10, 2018 - 21:55
Tokyo prosecutors have indicted former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn for understating his past compensation by tens of millions of dollars. They have also served an additional arrest warrant on him over similar allegations relating to his pay in the last 3 years. (NHK)
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Abe vows to prepare for foreign workers

Japan Politics News - December 10, 2018 - 21:54
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to do all he can to ensure the smooth operation of a new program that will bring more foreign workers to the country. (NHK)
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JR employees accused of theft of Y5 million from station office

Japan Society News - December 9, 2018 - 22:31
Ishikawa Prefectural Police have arrested two station attendants at West Japan Railway Co. over the theft of 5 million yen from an office in Kanazawa City earlier this year, reports TV Asahi (Dec. 7). (
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Japan to extend copyright period on works including novels, paintings to 70 years on Dec. 30

Japan Education News - December 9, 2018 - 22:30
Japan is set to extend the copyright period on works such as novels and paintings to 70 years after the authors’ deaths from the current 50 years, effective Dec. 30, when the revised copyright law goes into force. (Japan Times)
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Saitama: Man, 39, stabs 3 Cambodians in residence

Japan Society News - December 9, 2018 - 22:25
Saitama Prefectural Police have arrested a 39-year-old man over the stabbing of three Cambodian nationals at an apartment building in Hanyu City on Saturday, reports NHK (
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Crown Princess Masako vows to serve the people after she becomes Empress next year

Japan Society News - December 9, 2018 - 22:13
Crown Princess Masako, who turned 55 on Sunday, vowed to make her best effort to serve the people as she is set to become Empress following May’s Imperial succession. (Japan Times)
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Japan's Upper House approves free trade pact with EU by majority vote

Japan Politics News - December 8, 2018 - 23:08
The Diet on Saturday approved an economic partnership agreement with the European Union that’s set to create a free trade bloc accounting for 30 percent of world output. (Japan Times)
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