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Dec 17, 2014

Government to beef up jobs program for ex-convicts

The Abe administration will boost a program that encourages companies to hire former convicts, raising the number of such firms to 1,500 from the current level of around 500 by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The target, aimed at rehabilitating criminals and reducing the number ...

Gales and blizzards leave one dead, disrupt travel

Dec 17, 2014

Gales and blizzards leave one dead, disrupt travel

Snow, strong winds and high waves hit wide areas of Japan on Wednesday. One motorist was killed, and a number of airplane passengers were injured in heavy turbulence. Trains and flights were severely disrupted, particularly in Hokkaido and Tohoku as a low-pressure system developed ...

Dec 17, 2014

55% do not support Abe's security policies, poll shows

More than half of the respondents to a Kyodo News opinion poll do not support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s handling of security policies, which include allowing the nation to begin aiding allies under armed attack, despite the ruling bloc’s victory in Sunday’s election. The ...