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Feb 1, 2016

China arrests fourth Japanese over spying, government confirms

The government denied Monday that Japan carries out espionage activities abroad as it announced that Chinese authorities have formally arrested a fourth Japanese citizen on suspicion of spying. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the top government spokesman, said China informed Japan last month that ...

Feb 1, 2016

Japanese cigarette packs may get bigger health warning label

The Finance Ministry will consider requiring tobacco packaging to display more prominent warnings about the possible health impact caused by smoking. An advisory panel to the ministry will start discussions to explore the possibility of imposing stricter rules on tobacco firms, such as expanding ...

Feb 1, 2016

Okinawa sues Japan again over U.S. base relocation

The Okinawa Prefectural Government on Monday filed a fresh lawsuit against the central government over the planned relocation of the Futenma base. This suit is against a dispute settlement panel’s decision favoring the central government’s effort to continue working on a landfill project to ...

Feb 1, 2016

Tokyo to boost hiring to better prepare for 2020 Olympics: NHK

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has reportedly decided to increase how many people it will hire in fiscal 2016 to better prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games. The planned increase of 740 employees marks the largest rise in the Heisei Era, which started in 1989, ...