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Feb 22, 2017

Bill lays out tougher regulations for 'minpaku' private lodgings

The government has drawn up a draft bill stipulating tougher regulations on minpaku (private lodging) businesses, sources said Tuesday. Drafted amid concerns of an increase in noise complaints and other issues as minpaku services become increasingly popular with tourists, the bill would force providers ...

Feb 21, 2017

Japan aims to attract more foreign workers amid growth in tourism

The government compiled a plan Tuesday to ease visa restrictions for foreign workers in designated special economic zones to address the growing need for tourism services. The move signals a shift in the nation’s immigration policy, which has traditionally focused on allowing only highly ...

Japan eyes talks with new U.S. national security adviser

Feb 21, 2017

Japan eyes talks with new U.S. national security adviser

Newly appointed U.S. national security adviser Lt. Gen. Herbert Raymond McMaster and Shotaro Yachi, the head of the Japanese National Security Council’s secretariat, agreed Wednesday to closely coordinate moves and meet in the United States in the near future. According to the government, the ...

Japan zoo culls monkeys carrying 'invasive' genes

Feb 21, 2017

Japan zoo culls monkeys carrying 'invasive' genes

A zoo in the city of Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture, has culled 57 native snow monkeys by lethal injection after finding that they carried genes of an “invasive alien species,” officials said Tuesday. The Takagoyama Nature Zoo housed 164 simians that it believed were all ...