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Sophie Jackman
Japan Times
LIFE
Oct 15, 2022
The almighty dollar gets even mightier for U.S. travelers in Japan
One of the best arguments for hopping on a plane to Japan right now: If you're American, everything's a bargain.
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JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 10, 2021
Japan reaches 100 million vaccine doses as focus shifts to youth
However, the country also has the lowest rate among the Group of Seven advanced nations of its population being fully vaccinated at 32.9%.
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JAPAN
Jun 23, 2021
Japan reaches Suga’s target of 1 million vaccine doses per day
The milestone was achieved on June 14, according to data compiled using figures released from the Prime Minister's Office on Wednesday.
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BUSINESS
Jun 14, 2021
Carlos Ghosn escape accomplices plead guilty in Tokyo court
The Taylors' case in Tokyo is the latest addition to multiple legal proceedings around the world left in Ghosn's wake.
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JAPAN
Jul 12, 2020
Japan urges urbanites to tour country, sparking fear of virus's spread in countryside
A central government campaign to spur domestic tourism has drawn both enthusiasm and ire, with some social media users telling urbanites to stay away from rural areas.
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JAPAN / Society
Nov 16, 2018
Cabinet Office poster about sexual harassment draws online criticism
An attempt by the government to encourage men to take responsibility for preventing sexual harassment in the workplace has drawn an uproar online, with Twitter users saying it makes excuses for willful ignorance of the issue.
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JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Dec 26, 2017
Vision for Japan-China thaw in 2018 rests on tenuous foundation
The fundamental rivalry in the Asia-Pacific region between Japan and China will surely linger in 2018, as a thaw in bilateral relations is likely to be restricted to areas of mutual economic benefit.
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JAPAN / Politics
Sep 23, 2017
Analysis: Abe's aggressive approach to North Korea succeeds at the U.N., for now
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's strong call at the U.N. to take action against Pyongyang finds wide support, but South Korea may prove to be a wildcard.
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JAPAN / FOCUS
Aug 9, 2017
Japan's reluctance to adopt nuclear ban treaty angers hibakusha as Nagasaki marks A-bomb anniversary
As Hiroshima and Nagasaki marked the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings, aging survivors deplored what they called the hypocrisy by the Japanese government following its decision to stay out of a treaty banning nuclear arms.
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JAPAN
Aug 6, 2017
On 72nd A-bomb anniversary, Hiroshima highlights Japan's refusal to join U.N. nuke ban
Hiroshima on Sunday marked the 72nd anniversary of its atomic bombing by the U.S., with Mayor Kazumi Matsui using the annual memorial ceremony to call on the central government to help make a treaty banning nuclear weapons a reality.
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JAPAN / History
Aug 1, 2017
Poetic justice: One American's 47-year campaign against nuclear weapons
A sense of responsibility toward survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has led a U.S. man on a lifelong journey, working to achieve the abolition of nuclear weapons and using poetry to communicate their dangers.
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CULTURE / Film
Jul 31, 2017
Young connect with anime 'Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni' about Hiroshima A-bombing
For young Japanese who have known only peace, an animated portrait of an ordinary woman's wartime life has brought the devastation of war and nuclear weapons close to home.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
May 28, 2017
G-7 unity on North Korea puts China in spotlight
At their meeting in Italy, Group of Seven leaders harden their stance on North Korea but analysts say this is just a start in efforts to persuade China to use its influence.
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JAPAN / Politics
May 20, 2017
Kishida defends skipping U.N. talks, saying nuclear weapons ban would widen rift between haves and have-nots
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Saturday defended Japan's choice not to participate in U.N. talks toward a treaty banning nuclear weapons, saying that proceeding would risk deepening the rift between countries with nuclear stockpiles and those without them.
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JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Feb 1, 2017
Fear of losing Trump on trade and defense lies behind Abe's silence over 'Muslim ban'
While Japan's peers in Europe and elsewhere have voiced alarm over U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order limiting immigration and refugees, Tokyo has remained nearly silent.
BUSINESS
Jan 23, 2017
Japan high on post-Brexit Britain's FTA priority list: new envoy
The close relationship between London and Tokyo will put Japan high on Britain's list for negotiating new bilateral trade deals after it leaves the European Union, Britain's new ambassador to Japan said Monday.
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JAPAN / Politics
Jan 21, 2017
Trump's scrapping of TPP complicates Japan's trade, growth options
With Trump's resolve to kill the TPP trade deal, analysts say Abe's best chance at overcoming the setback lies in tapping into the business orientation of the new U.S. president himself.
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JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 9, 2016
Japan pushing 'quality' aid to counter China's clout in ASEAN
Unable to match dollar-for-dollar China's massive investment in Southeast Asia, Japan's future relevance in the region appears to hinge on it convincingly offering a "quality over quantity" approach.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jul 17, 2016
Abe, Li try to move on despite choppy seas
Despite vociferous rhetoric and confrontations over the South China Sea at the Asia-Europe Meeting, Japan's prime minister and China's premier took care to ensure their meeting could be viewed as a small step forward in bilateral relations.
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JAPAN / Society
May 7, 2016
Cat cafes facing more scrutiny as owners' top priority not always felines, experts say
The prospect of an afternoon of relaxation in the company of fluffy, purring friends has earned cat cafes a top spot on the itineraries of visitors to Japan, but not all operators have the interests of their feline employees in mind, animal experts warn.

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