| Jul 17, 2008

Isle row with Seoul a longtime affair

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Japan announced this week that a new supplementary education guideline will describe South Korea-controlled islets in the Sea of Japan, which Seoul calls the East Sea, as part of Japanese territory. The move enraged South Korea, which recalled its ambassador to Japan. Following are ...

Steady now: quick tips on quake preparation

| Jul 12, 2008

Steady now: quick tips on quake preparation

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Earthquakes are a fact of life in Japan. Only one month ago, a 7.2-magnitude temblor and a number of aftershocks struck the Tohoku region, killing 13 in Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate prefectures and leaving 10 still listed as missing in Miyagi and Akita prefectures. ...

| Apr 8, 2008

Japan must put TICAD ball in play

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Japan held the first Tokyo International Conference on African Development in 1993 to get the international community to reengage with poverty-stricken Africa. Since then, Japan has hosted the TICAD meetings every five years. The fourth will be held in Yokohama in late May amid ...

Road taxes: Pork-barrel or necessity?

| Jan 30, 2008

Road taxes: Pork-barrel or necessity?

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The government submitted a tax reform bill to the Diet Jan. 23 that includes a clause to continue the provisional higher rates imposed on auto-related levies for another 10 years, drawing opposition from the Democratic Party of Japan, which wants the higher rates that ...

| Jan 3, 2008

G8 summit to showcase environment technologies

Known for its cool summers and snowy winters, Hokkaido, the venue of the Group of Eight summit in July, is blessed with a rich natural environment and vast landscapes. It is a popular destination for nature lovers and people looking for outdoor activities such ...

Nova failure: Can teachers recoup lost pay, keep jobs?

| Nov 3, 2007

Nova failure: Can teachers recoup lost pay, keep jobs?

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When Japan’s largest employer of foreigners effectively went bankrupt last week, thousands of instructors at the foreign-language school giant were left without jobs. Many now face complicated legal problems in a language not their own. What will happen to Nova Corp., their contracts and ...

| Aug 7, 2007

DPJ's prospects with upper hand in Upper House

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The July 29 House of Councilors election brought a landslide victory to the Democratic Party of Japan, which together with the other opposition forces gained a majority in the chamber. In addition, the DPJ won the largest number of seats on a single-party basis ...