Japan govt adopts TPP-related bills

Japan Economy News - March 8, 2016 - 22:06
The Japanese government decided at a cabinet meeting Tuesday to request parliamentary approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact and introduce a package of 11 TPP-related amendment bills. (Jiji Press)
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Cabinet approves bill to ease remarriage ban

Japan Politics News - March 8, 2016 - 22:04
Japan's cabinet has approved a bill to revise a century-old civil code provision that prohibited women from remarrying for 6 months after a divorce. (NHK)
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Baseball: 4th Yomiuri pitcher admits to betting on baseball

Japan Sports News - March 8, 2016 - 22:00
Three top officials of the Yomiuri Giants, Japan's oldest existing professional baseball team, will resign following the team's announcement on Tuesday that a fourth Giants player was found to have bet on baseball. (Kyodo)
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Electronics firms set to raise base pay by minimum Y1,500

Japan Economy News - March 8, 2016 - 21:51
Major electronics manufacturers, including Hitachi, Ltd. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp., are in the final stage of their adjustments for the proposal of a monthly basic pay hike of at least ¥1,500 in response to labor unions' demands for ¥3,000 in this year's shunto spring wage hike negotiations. (the-japan-news.com)
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14 serious bullying cases unreported

Japan Education News - March 8, 2016 - 21:47
Fourteen cases, in which local boards of education failed to report serious bullying in schools to prefectural governors or municipal heads, occurred in the 2014 school year, even though the law obliges the boards to do so if such cases are found in primary, middle and high schools nationwide, according to research by the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry. (the-japan-news.com)
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Hiroshima boy kills himself after mistakenly told he didn't qualify for entrance exam

Japan Education News - March 8, 2016 - 10:14
A 15-year-old boy in Hiroshima Prefecture committed suicide in December after his school gave him wrong information about his eligibility for a high school entrance exam, the local board of education announced. (Japan Times)
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Nationwide yakuza war has officially kicked off, police say

Japan Society News - March 8, 2016 - 10:03
The nation's largest yakuza crime syndicate and a breakaway gang are in a state of all-out war, police announced March 7. (Asahi)
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Chinese foreign minister accuses Japanese government of 'double dealing'

Japan Politics News - March 8, 2016 - 09:55
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi accused Japan of "double dealing," as tensions linger between Asia's two biggest economies over disputed islands and Japanese officials join international criticism of China's efforts to build artificial islands in disputed waters. (Japan Times)
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