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Japan Bureaucracy Pilots Virtual City Hall in Metaverse

January 27, 2024 - 22:29
Kuwana City in Mie Prefecture announced on Friday the establishment of a city hall in the Metaverse, allowing residents to enter an online virtual space where they can interact with staff for electronic applications such as resident registration and family registry documents. (News On Japan)
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Donations for Earthquake Victims Surpass 10 Billion Yen

January 26, 2024 - 13:26
Donations for the victims of the Noto Peninsula earthquake have surpassed 10 billion yen ($67 million) as of January 24th, showing heartwarming support from a wide community. (News On Japan)
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Nagoya High Court Commands Gov't to Grant Rohingya Refugee Status

January 26, 2024 - 08:38
In a groundbreaking decision, the Nagoya High Court has overturned a lower court ruling and ordered the government to recognize a Rohingya man living in Nagoya as a refugee, citing the risk of persecution and ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya in Myanmar. (News On Japan)
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Yaichi Tanigawa Resigns as Diet Member in Wake of LDP Faction's Funding Scandal

January 24, 2024 - 14:14
The House of Representatives has approved the resignation of Yaichi Tanigawa, a member embroiled in a slush fund scandal involving a political party fundraiser of the Liberal Democratic Party's Abe faction. (News On Japan)
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Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry Moves Away from Floppy Disks

January 23, 2024 - 14:56
Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) announced on Monday the amendment of 34 ministerial ordinances under its jurisdiction, aiming to revise regulations that specify the use of floppy disks as a storage medium (News On Japan)
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Japan's Fiscal Deficit Projected at 1.1 Trillion Yen for 2025

January 23, 2024 - 04:09
The fiscal balance of both national and local governments for 2025 is estimated to result in a deficit of 1.1 trillion yen, as presented by the Cabinet Office to the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy. (News On Japan)
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LDP Faction Dissolutions Lead to Unexpected Emergence of New Factions

January 23, 2024 - 03:49
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, in his bid to restore political trust, declared the dissolution of the Kishida faction. While the Abe and Nikai factions have also firmed up plans for dissolution, the Aso, Motegi, and Moriyama factions have expressed intentions to continue, revealing a split in direction within the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). (News On Japan)
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Kyoto Mayoral Race Features Five New Faces

January 22, 2024 - 04:44
Five newcomers have officially declared their candidacies in the Kyoto mayoral election as campaigning kicked off on Sunday, with the incumbent who has served four terms over 16 years choosing not to run for re-election. (News On Japan)
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Kyoto Mayoral Election Campaign Kicks Off Today

January 21, 2024 - 10:21
The Kyoto mayoral election campaign will be officially launched on January 21, with the race to be contested solely by newcomers for the first time in 16 years due to the incumbent's retirement. (News On Japan)
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Japanese Govt. Draws Up Plan to Support Victims of Former Unification Church

January 19, 2024 - 17:54
Japan's government has drawn up measures to provide legal and other support for the victims of the religious group previously known as the Unification Church. (NHK)
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Tokyo prosecutors file charges in LDP political funds scandal

January 19, 2024 - 17:51
Tokyo prosecutors have indicted several people over a political funds scandal involving factions of the main ruling Liberal Democratic Party. (NHK)
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Japan's Communist Party to Appoint Tomoko Tamura as New Chairperson

January 18, 2024 - 15:01
The Japanese Communist Party has decided to appoint Chihiro Shii as the new chairperson, with the current policy chief, Tomoko Tamura, taking on the role. This marks the first time in the party's history, which spans over a century, that a woman will serve as the chairperson. (News On Japan)
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Russian Long-Range Bombers Fly Over the Sea of Japan's International Airspace

January 17, 2024 - 05:23
Russia's Ministry of Defense announced on January 16 that long-range strategic bombers flew over the high seas of the Sea of Japan, an action that appears to be a show of force aimed at Japan and the United States. (News On Japan)
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LDP's Nikai faction allegedly failed to report $1.4 million in fund scandal

January 12, 2024 - 03:23
NHK has learned that the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's Nikai faction and some offices of member lawmakers failed to report extra revenues of about 1.4 million dollars in the five years through 2022. (NHK)
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State, Tokyo appeal damages ruling over probe into alleged illegal exports

January 11, 2024 - 05:59
The central and Tokyo Metropolitan governments on Wednesday appealed a court ruling ordering them to pay damages to executives at a chemical machine maker. The court said investigations into suspected illegal exports by the firm were unlawful. (NHK)
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Work starts at US base relocation site in Okinawa

January 11, 2024 - 05:54
The Japanese government has started work to reinforce the ground at a planned relocation site for a US military base in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan. (NHK)
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Experts set 80 million as future population benchmark for Japan

January 10, 2024 - 08:22
The "Population Strategy Council," comprised of private sector experts, published a recommendation on Tuesday suggesting that Japan should aim to be a nation with a total population of 80 million by the year 2100. (News On Japan)
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'Mejiro Palace,' residence of former Prime Minister Tanaka, gutted by fire

January 9, 2024 - 01:19
A fire that broke out Monday afternoon in 'Mejiro Palace,' the residence of former Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, has completely destroyed the Tokyo property, a symbol of Showa-era's political history. (News On Japan)
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