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Sep 1, 2015

Panel supports abolishing Osaka governor retirement pay

An Osaka prefectural panel on Tuesday reportedly backed a proposal by Gov. Ichiro Matsui to abolish all retirement pay for the position. The panel on remuneration for special government posts recommended that the retirement allowance for governors should be broken up and converted into ...

Sep 1, 2015

Explosions rock factory in Kitakyushu

Several explosions and a fire hit an aluminium plating factory in Kitakyushu early Tuesday, a fire department spokesman said. Multiple explosions were heard at the plant operated by Shinkou Alumer Inc., according to the spokesman. “Our initial investigation indicates the possibility that water somehow ...

Sep 1, 2015

AKB48 management firm revises tax statement on member expenses

AKB48’s management company has revised its tax statement after an audit by tax authorities found discrepancies in rent payments for group members and other errors in the three years through November 2014, according to sources. The Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau concluded that more than ...

Sep 1, 2015

Japanese firms find ready, fluent workforce in Paraguay

Descendants of Japanese immigrants in Paraguay are drawing the attention of Japanese companies that have entered, or hope to enter, the South American country. With many young descendants fluent in Japanese, companies are looking at them as a reliable workforce. “It is easy to ...