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Japan's Diet Approves Legislation to Overhaul Foreign Trainee Scheme

June 14, 2024 - 23:38
Japan's Diet has passed a bill aimed at replacing the technical intern system for foreign nationals with a new training program. (NHK)
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US Military Holding 'Valiant Shield' Training Exercise in Japan

June 14, 2024 - 05:22
The US military is conducting a large-scale field training exercise in the Pacific region, including bases in Japan for the first time. (NHK)
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Tokyo Governor to Run for Third Term, Renho to Challenge

June 12, 2024 - 21:52
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (71) announced on the 12th her intention to run for a third term in the gubernatorial election scheduled for July 7, with the official campaign period starting on June 20th. (News On Japan)
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Japan and Ukraine to Sign Joint Document on 10-Year Reconstruction Support

June 9, 2024 - 15:11
Prime Minister Kishida is set to hold a summit meeting with Ukrainian President Zelensky on June 13th, where they will sign a joint document committing to continued support for the next ten years. (News On Japan)
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Tsubasa Party Broadcasts 'Car Chase' on Social Media

June 9, 2024 - 14:45
In a recent election interference incident, members of the Tsubasa Party were found to have pursued the Constitutional Democratic Party's campaign vehicle more than five times, referring to these actions as 'car chases' and broadcasting them on social media. (News On Japan)
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Japan's 'Basic Policy' Draft Revealed: Measures to Address Gender Wage Gap

June 8, 2024 - 03:59
The draft of Japanese government's fundamental 'Basic Policy' for economic and fiscal management, which aims to be approved by the Cabinet this month, includes measures to address the gender wage gap. (News On Japan)
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Japan Establishes Financial Asset Management Zones to Attract Global Investment

June 5, 2024 - 08:31
The Japanese government has designated four prefectures and three cities as special financial and asset management zones, introducing policies that include the creation of new visas for specific foreign investors. (News On Japan)
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Stable Power Supply Expected, No Summer Conservation Request Needed

June 3, 2024 - 23:41
The Japanese government has decided not to request power conservation this summer. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) held an expert meeting on June 3 and presented the latest outlook on power supply and demand. (News On Japan)
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Japan and South Korea to Resume Defense Exchanges After Resolving Radar Incident Dispute

June 2, 2024 - 12:42
Japan and South Korea have agreed on measures to prevent the recurrence of the radar lock-on incident and confirmed the resumption of defense exchanges between their respective defense authorities, as announced by Japanese Defense Minister Minoru Kihara during his visit to Singapore. (News On Japan)
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JSDF Soldier Dies in Grenade Training Accident

May 31, 2024 - 05:16
Shrapnel from a grenade struck a soldier in the neck during a grenade-throwing exercise at the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's (JSDF) North Fuji Training Area in Yamanashi Prefecture, on Thursday morning. The soldier was transported to a hospital but was later confirmed dead. (News On Japan)
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Tokyo Governor Election: Celebrities Announce Candidacies

May 29, 2024 - 08:52
The Tokyo gubernatorial election, scheduled to be officially announced next month, has seen a surge in candidacy announcements from celebrities and other figures on May 28. (News On Japan)
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Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force Conducts Largest Live-Fire Drill

May 27, 2024 - 06:04
Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) conducted its largest live-fire exercise, the 'Fuji Comprehensive Firepower Exercise,' on Sunday. (News On Japan)
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Whale Disposal Controversy: Osaka Official Accused of Illegal Payment Hike

May 24, 2024 - 01:45
An Osaka city official, not in charge of the matter, strongly urged an increase in the payment amount to a contractor for the disposal of the whale 'Yodo-chan'. (News On Japan)
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New Training and Employment System for Japan's Foreign Workers Approved

May 21, 2024 - 22:43
A bill to abolish the current Technical Intern Training Program and establish a new employment training system has been passed by Japan's House of Representatives, with support from the ruling parties. (News On Japan)
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Foreign Minister Kamikawa Withdraws Controversial Comment on Women

May 19, 2024 - 13:50
Foreign Minister Kamikawa has retracted her comment made on May 18 during an election campaign speech, where she stated, 'What is a woman without giving birth?' Kamikawa acknowledged that her words could be taken in a way that differs from her true intention. (News On Japan)
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Japan Approves Joint Custody After Divorce

May 17, 2024 - 19:55
A revised Civil Code introducing 'joint custody' for children after divorce has been passed by the Diet. This marks the first time in 77 years that Japan has reviewed the approach to post-divorce custody. (News On Japan)
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'Challenge to Democracy': Tokyo Police Arrest Three Tsubasa Party Leaders

May 17, 2024 - 19:41
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested three leaders of the political group 'Tsubasa Party' on suspicion of violating the Public Offices Election Act by disrupting the speeches of other candidates during a House of Representatives by-election in Tokyo's 15th district. Investigators view this as a "challenge to democracy" and plan to pursue a thorough investigation. (News On Japan)
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Pension Revisions Spark Debate Over Spousal Benefits

May 16, 2024 - 00:42
Japan’s pension system is under review, and a key focus is on the "spousal pension" benefits. For homemakers, this is a pressing concern. (News On Japan)
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Ethics Committee to Review 44 Lawmakers from Abe and Nikai Factions

May 14, 2024 - 16:05
The House of Representatives' Political Ethics Review Committee has decided to investigate 44 lawmakers from the Abe and Nikai factions of the Liberal Democratic Party following a scandal involving undisclosed political funds. This decision comes in response to a request from opposition parties. (News On Japan)
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Japan Launches New Project to Address Gender Pay Gap

May 11, 2024 - 08:33
In Japan, where women's salaries remain at about three-quarters of men's, the government initiated a new project team on April 24 focused on rectifying gender pay disparities. (News On Japan)
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