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Jan 22, 2018

Japanese government submits fiscal 2018 budget for lawmakers' approval

The government Monday submitted to the Diet a budget plan for fiscal 2018 featuring a record ¥97.71 trillion in general account spending. The plan includes measures aimed at boosting human resource development and productivity, both key policy initiatives for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The budget plan ...

Cruise ship boom generating new tour services in Japan

Jan 20, 2018

Cruise ship boom generating new tour services in Japan

Japanese ports have been bustling with foreign cruise ships and passengers amid robust demand that has prompted the development of new tour services combining ocean voyages with rail or air travel. In 2016, 1.99 million tourists arrived by cruise ship, up 78.5 percent from the ...

Facebook to let users rank 'trust' in news sources

/ Jan 20, 2018

Facebook to let users rank 'trust' in news sources

Facebook announced Friday it will ask its 2 billion users to rank their trust in news sources, in its latest attempt to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network. The change comes as the online giant seeks to address charges that it has ...

Tokyo lifts economic view as Japan's consumption picks up

/ Jan 19, 2018

Tokyo lifts economic view as Japan's consumption picks up

The government upgraded its assessment of the economy for the first time in seven months in a monthly report released Friday, citing a pickup in private consumption. "The Japanese economy is recovering at a moderate pace," the Cabinet Office said in the report. The expression ...