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Authorities slow with data changes ahead of new ID card

Jul 30, 2015

Authorities slow with data changes ahead of new ID card

Municipalities are struggling to reorganize their information technology systems to guard against possible data leaks ahead of the government’s implementation of a new ID card system in January. Under the My Number system, local governments plan to assign every resident in Japan a number ...

Rainy season declared over throughout Japan

Jul 29, 2015

Rainy season declared over throughout Japan

The rainy season appears to be over in Japan’s two remaining regions to the southwest and northeast, the weather agency said on Wednesday, declaring an end to the early summer wet period throughout the archipelago. The rainy period typically lasts for about a month ...

Murayama warns of 'crisis' over security bills

Jul 29, 2015

Murayama warns of 'crisis' over security bills

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Former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said Wednesday “a sense of crisis” drove him to join protesters outside the Diet who were rallying against legislation that would overhaul the country’s security policies. Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, the 91-year-old expressed concern about ...

Jul 29, 2015

Rider of brakeless bike is first to get safety course summons

Osaka’s public safety commission will order a 29-year-old man to attend a bicycle safety lecture after repeated road violations, in the first such case following a legal revision last month, police said Wednesday. The man, a resident of Osaka’s Taisho Ward, was given traffic ...