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SOCIAL

COMMENTARY / World
Nov 16, 2015
China's masses stubbornly refuse to consume
A Chinese economic 'rebalancing' — replacing investment and exports with services and domestic consumption — remains a distant prospect.
WORLD
Nov 14, 2015
In aftermath of attacks, Parisians open their doors to strangers via Twitter tweets
As the city was gripped by chaos following a string of attacks that left dozens dead, people in Paris took to social media to find and offer refuge on Friday night.
WORLD
Nov 9, 2015
Social media photos purport to show Russian soldiers in multiple Syria locations, bloggers say
Three serving or former Russian soldiers have been geolocated by photographs in Syria, including locations near Hama, Aleppo and Homs, Russian bloggers said Sunday, suggesting the Kremlin's operation stretches well beyond its air campaign.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / YEN FOR LIVING
Nov 7, 2015
No relief in sight for Japan's poor single-parent families
How can Japan's single mothers have both the highest poverty and employment rate among the OECD group of developed nations?
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 26, 2015
Are Americans No. 1? It depends
Americans have long been fascinated with global rankings and where they stand in them, but sometimes the results aren't all that impressive.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / CABINET INTERVIEW
Oct 23, 2015
Kono flags crackdown on expat 'welfare cheats'
The government considers toughening eligibility requirements for welfare benefits in a move that could affect a number of foreign residents.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Oct 23, 2015
Prefectures begin mailing 12-digit My Number IDs
About a dozen of Japan's 47 prefectures began Friday to mail 12-digit identification numbers to residents in the country under the new My Number social security and tax number system.
EDITORIALS
Oct 22, 2015
Employment insurance revamp
The Abe administration is looking at reforming the employment insurance scheme to get more senior citizens into the workforce, but beefing up other components of the social welfare net would be more effective.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Oct 22, 2015
'Back to the Future' Day in Japan
People around the world celebrated Oct. 21, 2015, as the day is when Marty McFly is supposed to arrive in the future, and thanks to its location on the international dateline, Japan was early to the global party. Here are few highlights from social media.
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JAPAN
Oct 22, 2015
Efforts increasing to keep Japan's single-parent kids off streets
Six boys and girls, the youngest only 4 years old, dined with local volunteers one September evening in a nursing care facility in Shiga Prefecture as part of a service to care for children of single-parent households when the parent is away.
EDITORIALS
Oct 18, 2015
Leaving jobs for nursing care
The Abe administration needs to take concrete steps to stem the flow of people who quit their jobs because they must care for ailing relatives.
EDITORIALS
Oct 10, 2015
Raise nursery school salaries
Increasing pay for preschool teachers would be a vital step in getting more women into the labor force, in particular by increasing capacity at nursery schools so more mothers could work.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 8, 2015
Facebook is following you around the Internet
Social media platforms like Facebook may be pretty intrusive in how they follow your Internet activity, but that's the price of using these 'free' services.
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JAPAN / Society
Oct 8, 2015
Manga artist removes illustration mocking Syrian refugee
A manga artist behind a Facebook illustration labeling a refugee from Syria a selfish freeloader has taken it down at the request of a photographer who criticized her for distorting his work.
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COMMENTARY / COUNTERPOINT
Oct 3, 2015
Universities fending off attacks on the liberal arts
As discussed last week, in June the education ministry sent a directive to all 86 national universities in Japan, apparently calling on them to abolish or reorganize their humanities and social sciences departments.
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JAPAN / Society
Oct 2, 2015
'Racist' illustration of refugee girl sparks ire among Japan's netizens
An online furor has broken out over a controversial illustration that depicts a refugee girl from Syria as a selfish freeloader, with some labeling the work, drawn by a conservative manga artist, as racist.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Oct 2, 2015
Oregon shooting 'threat' may have circulated on social media beforehand
A chain of messages posted to an anonymous chat board known for its explicit conversation threads and graphic images included an ominous warning on Wednesday evening not to go to school on Thursday "if you are in the northwest."
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 1, 2015
SoftBank to extend $1 billion funding for online lender SoFi
SoftBank Group announced Thursday that along with existing investors it will offer $1 billion in funding to Social Finance Inc., a U.S. online marketplace lender and provider of student loan refinancing.
BUSINESS / Tech
Sep 30, 2015
Twitter may expand 140-character limit with new product
Twitter is finally waking up to the idea that some things just cannot be summed up in 140 characters.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / COUNTERPOINT
Sep 26, 2015
Abe government targets the liberal arts
Over the past several weeks I have received many emails from all over the world asking me if reports about government plans to pull the plug on humanities and social sciences departments at Japanese national universities are accurate or just a bad joke. At this point it's not clear exactly what the government...

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