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Change trays

| May 23, 2015

Change trays

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Dear Alice, I am very curious about those small trays that are used in Japan when settling daily cash transactions. Instead of handing your payment to the clerk, or setting it on the counter by the cash register, here you are generally expected to ...

Tokyo ramps up 'English village' plan as 2020 approaches

| May 11, 2015

Tokyo ramps up 'English village' plan as 2020 approaches

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As Tokyo gears up to host the 2020 Olympic Games, demands for action are growing to overcome Japan’s notorious English-speaking phobia. To achieve that, discussions are underway for the capital to establish “English villages” — language education facilities aimed at improving students’ communication ability ...

18 looms as new age of majority

| May 4, 2015

18 looms as new age of majority

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Japan’s youth will finally get a chance to have their voices heard in politics. Revisions to the Public Offices Election Law that would lower the minimum voting age to 18 from 20 are being deliberated in the Diet and are widely expected to be ...

| Apr 15, 2015

Is China-led bank a lost opportunity?

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China’s proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is causing a stir as the majority of Group of 20 leading economies sign on as founding members, while the U.S. and Japan remain on the sidelines. This outcome for a Chinese initiative that challenges the U.S.-led global ...

Translation tech gets Olympic push

| Mar 31, 2015

Translation tech gets Olympic push

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Japan may not be the best in the world when it comes to speaking English, but it remains a pioneer in developing cutting-edge translation technology. With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics approaching, the nation is once again plotting to surprise the world, this time with ...

NHK beats commercial TV stations to simulcast punch

| Mar 23, 2015

NHK beats commercial TV stations to simulcast punch

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NHK’s announcement earlier this month that it will start trial simultaneous broadcasts of its programming on the Internet signaled a new era in TV broadcasting. Commercial broadcasters, which have yet to offer such services and are thus intimidated by the giant public broadcaster’s move, ...