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Japan to toughen eligibility standards for Japanese-language schools

National Aug 1, 2019

Japan to toughen eligibility standards for Japanese-language schools

The Immigration Services Agency said Thursday it will toughen eligibility standards for Japanese-language schools that can accept foreign students, effective Sept. 1. The stricter standards will require 70 percent or more of the students who complete the courses to proceed to universities, get jobs in ...

DiDi Mobility Japan starts taxi-hailing service in Aichi

Business / Corporate Aug 1, 2019

DiDi Mobility Japan starts taxi-hailing service in Aichi

DiDi Mobility Japan Corp. began offering its taxi-hailing service, used via smartphones, in Aichi Prefecture on Wednesday. Aichi is the ninth area in Japan where the service, offered by the Tokyo-based joint venture between SoftBank Corp. and Chinese ride-hailing giant DiDi Chuxing, is available. The ...

Asia Pacific Aug 1, 2019

North Korean soldier makes rare defection across the DMZ

In a rare direct defection across the heavily fortified frontier between the Koreas, the South Korean military detained a North Korean soldier who crossed the heavily fortified demilitarised zone (DMZ) that separates the two countries, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JSC) said on ...

Hundreds protest killing of students as al-Bashir trial is set

World Aug 1, 2019

Hundreds protest killing of students as al-Bashir trial is set

Hundreds of protesters marched through a central Sudanese city on Wednesday to condemn the killing of demonstrators including children, as the trial of ousted leader Omar al-Bashir on corruption charges was set for August. Tragedy struck Al-Obeid on Monday when six people were shot dead ...

U.S. set to push security strategy as Chinese maneuvers rattle region

Asia Pacific Aug 1, 2019

U.S. set to push security strategy as Chinese maneuvers rattle region

Recent incidents involving Chinese ships in Southeast Asian waters are testing regional faith in Beijing's sincerity about maritime peace, and aiding a renewed U.S. push to build alliances with countries unnerved by China's assertiveness. Chinese maneuvering in energy-rich stretches of the South China Sea, including ...

Ryanair tells ranks it has 900 more pilots and crew than needed

Business Aug 1, 2019

Ryanair tells ranks it has 900 more pilots and crew than needed

Ryanair has 500 more pilots and 400 more cabin crew than needed, and job losses will be announced in the coming weeks, Chief Executive Michael O'Leary told staff in a video message vimeo.com/350780012/5abde31242. The comments come less than two years after Europe's biggest budget airline ...

Relaxing business lodging

General | NEWS AND NOTES Aug 1, 2019

Relaxing business lodging

Dormy Residences Ichigaya opened in the spring this year in the heart of Tokyo, a six-minute walk from JR Ichigaya Station that is easy to access from major stations such as Tokyo and Shinjuku. Located near the Imperial Palace, the area is convenient for daily ...

Fall-flavored delights to look forward to

Travel | HOTELS & RESTAURANTS Aug 1, 2019

Fall-flavored delights to look forward to

Taste the blessings of autumn at the Tokyo Station Hotel from Aug. 23 through November, when a robust range of fall produce stars at the hotel's bars and restaurants. From menus showcasing locally grown matsutake pine mushrooms to prime Sendai beef to gibier game meats ...