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Work begins in Japan to shield infrastructure against cyberattacks

Japan, fearing it could be a soft target for possible North Korean cyberattacks in the escalating row over the Sony Pictures hack, has begun working to ensure its basic infrastructure will remain safe and to formulate its diplomatic response, officials said. The hacking of the U.S. unit of Tokyo-based Sony ...

Dec 26, 2014

Capacity of Tokyo's elderly care homes to be boosted

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Thursday it plans to boost the capacity of nursing care facilities in the capital. Ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the metropolitan government will take steps to make the capital more friendly to foreign visitors, it also said ...

Dec 26, 2014

Nasu contractor hired teen for house fallout decontamination work

A construction firm in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, had hired a high school student under 18 part-time to engage in cleaning of a house garden contaminated by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdowns, the municipal government disclosed Thursday. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s guideline ...

Dec 26, 2014

Poll shows public interest in Takeshima issue dipping in Japan

The level of public interest in the issue of the Japan-claimed Takeshima Islands, which South Korea controls and calls Dokdo, has fallen to 66.9 percent from 71.1 percent in June last year, a Cabinet Office survey showed Thursday. Meanwhile, a separate survey conducted by ...

Dec 25, 2014

China asks Japan to stay peaceful after Abe wins re-election

A Chinese government official Wednesday renewed a call on Japan to appropriately face its wartime history and pursue peaceful development after Shinzo Abe was re-elected prime minister by the Diet. “A long-term steady and sound development of Sino-Japanese relations serves the fundamental interest of ...

Dec 25, 2014

Corporate tax break for exiting Tokyo worries Masuzoe

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe is concerned about the central government’s proposal to offer tax breaks to companies that move their headquarters out of the capital and other big cities. “I wonder if lower corporate tax rates are an effective incentive for companies to relocate ...