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Singapore Prime Minister-designate Lawrence Wong at the Group of 20 finance ministers' meeting in Indonesia in 2022
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
May 14, 2024
Singapore PM-designate Lawrence Wong keeps old guard in reshuffle
Wong picked Trade Minister Gan Kim Yong as his deputy, keeping the Cabinet of outgoing leader Lee Hsien Loong largely intact.
Singapore's former Transport Minister Subramaniam Iswaran (center) and his defense counsel Davinder Singh (left) leave the Singapore State Courts on Thursday.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Jan 19, 2024
Singapore minister quits after biggest graft case since 1986
The scandal has cast a pall on the city-state known for its clean governance. If convicted, the minister faces fines and a possible jail term.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 27, 2023
Beer factory leak turns the sea red in Japanese resort city
Residents in city of Nago on the island of Okinawa awoke to find an area of usually clear blue water had turned a gruesome shade of red.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 27, 2023
El Nino’s fierce heat carries new risk of resurgent deadly viruses
The WHO sounded the alarm earlier this month, warning that the weather phenomenon 'could increase transmission of dengue and other so-called arboviruses such as Zika and chikungunya.”
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 11, 2023
‘Forest’ of carbon dioxide-sucking vending machines planned in Japan
Starting with about 30 units in the Kanto and Kansai area, the experiment is part of plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Apr 12, 2023
Twitter company ‘no longer exists’ and is now part of Elon Musk’s X Corp.
It’s unclear what the change means. In the past, Musk suggested that buying Twitter would be an 'accelerant” for creating X — which he dubbed an 'everything app.”
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 30, 2023
Japan to face 11 million worker shortfall by 2040, study finds
The working age population is expected to rapidly decline from 2027, according to the study by independent think tank Recruit Works Institute.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 15, 2023
Tokyo startup tells new hires they need to know ChatGPT for a job
As concerns grow over how the AI tool will affect businesses, LayerX is making it compulsory for new recruits to use the technology and even testing them on it.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 3, 2023
Anger among Japan's opposition over plan to clear student debt for having babies
On social media, opposition politicians and others said the proposal discriminated against those who don’t — or can’t — have children.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 24, 2023
The biggest earners may not be the smartest workers, study says
The study found that higher general intelligence was correlated to higher wages — but only up to a threshold of about 600,000 Swedish krona ($57,300) a year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 2, 2023
Major Japan trading house eases rules on side jobs to retain new generation
Trading houses hold an outsized influence in Japan due to their diversified business interests, and are favorites among university graduates due to their high salaries and job security.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 11, 2023
These are the best passports for travelers to hold in 2023
Japan starts the year with the world's most powerful passport, allowing visa-free entry to 193 global destinations.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 28, 2022
Maskless World Cup fans pose dilemma for Chinese broadcasters
State broadcaster China Central Television appears to be pulling back on footage of stadium crowds compared with other international networks.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Sep 28, 2022
Vietnam suffers floods and blackouts after Typhoon Noru makes landfall
At least 550,000 households have reportedly lost power as a result of the typhoon.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 14, 2022
Record low number of young singles in Japan plan to marry, survey says
About 81% of men and 84% of women between the ages of 18 and 34 who have never married said they intend to tie the knot at some point.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 18, 2022
Japan tax agency’s pro-drinking campaign sparks backlash
The tax agency's 'Sake Viva!” idea competition, which is seeking business plans to help 'revitalize” the liquor industry, was launched in July and gained traction on Twitter this week.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 11, 2022
Singapore breaks down COVID-19 deaths by vaccine, with Moderna seeing lowest rate
While there were some caveats, the findings will likely add to concerns around the efficacy of Sinovac's and Sinopharm Group's shots, which have been widely used in the developing world.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 3, 2022
Singapore growth rebounds to fastest in more than a decade
Gross domestic product expanded 2.6% on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous three months, beating a median 2.1% forecast in a survey of economists.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 20, 2021
Singapore’s economy faces multiple threats as growth slows
The global spread of the omicron variant has rekindled concern of restrictions, but so far the government is staying the course of reopening.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 16, 2021
Singapore confronts the division and fear that come from living with COVID-19
Singapore had seemed like a poster child for pandemic management, but now it is looking like a real-time illustration of how challenging the pivot away from 'zero COVID-19' is going to be.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.  
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan