Toshio Katayama

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National Jun 1, 2010

Provincial areas experiencing doctor shortages

Doctors are in short supply in many provincial districts where the number of hospitals has been on the decline since 2000. A new intern clinical training system introduced in fiscal 2004 is believed to be partly responsible for the uneven distribution of doctors in the ...

Coup puts brakes on Thailand auto-making plans

Business Dec 19, 2006

Coup puts brakes on Thailand auto-making plans

Striving to become "Asia's Detroit," Thailand is calling on Japanese automakers to build hybrids and other fuel-efficient cars there, but political uncertainties are causing concern in the industry. Bangkok is sweetening the deal by offering tax breaks to automakers which set up plants to make ...

Foreign students' goal of career proves elusive

National Apr 7, 2006

Foreign students' goal of career proves elusive

In line with the government's campaign launched in 1983 to boost the number of foreign students in Japan to the 100,000 mark, the figure came to some 117,000 in 2004. However, the number who switched from a student visa to a work visa that same ...

METI considering giving the matchmaking industry a boost

Business Jul 28, 2005

METI considering giving the matchmaking industry a boost

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is considering supporting matchmaking firms in an effort to reverse the declining birthrate. The help would come in the form of a matchmaker certification program to increase public trust in the industry and subsidies to support cross-industry tieups, ...

National Oct 19, 2001

'Black diamonds' no longer profitable

The curtain will soon fall on a coal mine on an outlying island off Kyushu, once again reminding older people that twilight is falling on the days when coal was cherished as "black diamonds" and played a pivotal role in sustaining Japanese industries. Coal miners ...