Prefectures in Japan face lack of volunteer interpreters for disasters

National Mar 9, 2020

Prefectures in Japan face lack of volunteer interpreters for disasters

Several prefectural governments around Japan have raised concerns about a shortage of volunteer interpreters and translators to support foreign residents and tourists during disasters, after making limited progress with addressing the problem, a new survey has shown. The massive floods that were caused by typhoons ...

Chiba backs out of bidding to host one of Japan's first casinos

National Jan 8, 2020

Chiba backs out of bidding to host one of Japan's first casinos

The city of Chiba said Tuesday that it will not seek to host a casino resort, citing its priority on reconstruction following natural disasters. The central government plans to open "integrated resorts" at up to three locations and Chiba was considering a bid. "Campaigning to host ...

New car sales in 2019 fell on natural disasters and tax hike

Business Jan 6, 2020

New car sales in 2019 fell on natural disasters and tax hike

New car sales fell 1.5 percent to 5.2 million units in 2019, the first decline in three years, thanks to sluggish demand following a series of natural disasters and the consumption tax hike. Sales excluding those of minicars dropped 1.9 percent for the second straight ...