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Non-Japanese residents hit record 2.31 million in June

Sep 27, 2016

Non-Japanese residents hit record 2.31 million in June

The number of foreign residents in Japan hit a record 2.31 million at the end of June, up 3.4 percent from six months before, partly because of a rise in the number of trainees arriving to earn cash and skills, the Justice Ministry said. ...

Sep 27, 2016

Brother of Yu Darvish convicted of gambling on baseball

A younger brother of Texas Ranger pitcher Yu Darvish was convicted Tuesday of gambling on baseball games, with the Osaka District Court handing the 27-year-old business owner a suspended sentence. Sho Darvish, of Habikino, Osaka Prefecture, was found guilty of taking bets on professional ...

Mourners mark two years since deadly Mount Ontake eruption

Sep 27, 2016

Mourners mark two years since deadly Mount Ontake eruption

Victims’ relatives and local officials gathered Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of the eruption of Mount Ontake, which claimed 58 lives and left five people unaccounted in the nation’s deadliest postwar volcanic disaster. A moment of silence was observed during a ceremony in ...

Japan Inc. taking steps to get workers to sit less

Sep 27, 2016

Japan Inc. taking steps to get workers to sit less

More and more Japanese companies are taking aim at sedentary working patterns, amid rising awareness of the health benefits of standing up and stretching. At the headquarters of e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc. in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward, employees have desks that allow them to work ...