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Jul 22, 2014

Japan aims to cut metabolic syndrome by 25%

The government on Tuesday adopted a health and medical strategy to reduce the number of people suffering from metabolic syndrome by 25 percent from the fiscal 2008 level by fiscal 2020. The strategy for pushing ahead with research and development in the coming five ...

Jul 22, 2014

Japan, South Korea, U.S. begin search and rescue exercise

South Korea, the United States and Japan held two days of search and rescue drills south of the southern island of Jeju on Monday, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said. The exercise, known as SAREX, has been held once or twice a year. This week’s ...

Jul 21, 2014

National security official visits Seoul

A senior national security official has been visiting South Korea to explain Tokyo’s defense policies, including the Abe administration’s recent decision to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, South Korean government sources said Monday. During his three-day informal visit, set to ...

Jul 21, 2014

Abe to target revitalization at regional level

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his administration will submit a bill aimed at revitalizing regional economies during the extraordinary session of the Diet this fall. The administration will submit the first in a series of bills related to regional revitalization to the extra parliamentary ...

Jul 21, 2014

New subsidies eyed for hosts of U.S. bases

The Abe administration is considering launching a new subsidy program in fiscal 2015 to help prefectures facing a heavier burden from hosting military bases due to the ongoing realignment of U.S. forces, an administration source said Monday. The move is aimed at winning greater ...

Stigmatized workers quitting Tepco in droves

Jul 21, 2014

Stigmatized workers quitting Tepco in droves

by Yuri Kageyama

Stigma, pay cuts and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left Tepco, the utility at the center of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Now there’s an additional factor: better paying jobs in the feel-good solar energy industry. Engineers ...

Jul 21, 2014

Japanese wines may get boost in LDP plan

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is looking at establishing legislation designed to boost the international competitiveness of Japanese wine. Under the proposed legislation, the government would issue certificates of origin for wine and guarantee product quality if wine made from domestically grown grapes meets ...