Jan 18, 2017

Labor law violations detected at 6,659 firms across Japan last year

The labor ministry said Tuesday that 6,659 businesses across Japan were found violating labor laws in April-September last year and ordered them to correct the illegal practices. The law violations were detected through inspections by the ministry’s labor standard supervision offices of over 10,000 ...

Jan 18, 2017

Japan set to fast-track permanent residency for skilled foreigners

The Justice Ministry is moving to ease requirements for the permanent residency for highly skilled foreigners such as researchers in cutting-edge fields by the end of March, sources said Tuesday. The ministry specifically plans to allow such foreign nationals to acquire permanent resident status ...

Jan 17, 2017

Easing Asia-Pacific tensions

Improved Japan-China relations will be all the more important given the shadow of uncertainty over the international political landscape cast by the incoming U.S. administration of Donald Trump.

Jan 16, 2017

Japan's 'comfort women' error

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In late December, South Korean activists stationed a statue of a young woman across from the Japanese consulate in Busan. Seated upright in a chair with her hands clasped in her lap, she stares intently, solemnly toward the consulate. The statue offended Japan’s government ...

Jan 16, 2017

Steadily implement 'comfort women' agreement

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North Korea’s leader stated in his New Year’s address that the country “entered the final stage of preparation for the test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile,” threatening the peace and stability of the international community. Last year, North Korea conducted two nuclear tests ...