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Will Japan Become a Nation of Immigrants?

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06/14/2016
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Japan has a thousand-year-old history of being closed to immigrants. According to Hidenori Sakanaka, former director of the Tokyo Immigration Bureau and Executive Director of the Japan Immigration Policy Institute, the nation needs to make big changes to its immigration policy, “Japan needs to accept at least 10 million immigrants during the next 50 years,” Sakanaka,...
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Returning UK citizens face challenges

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04/19/2016
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British PM invited to explain “unfair” policy to British expats in Japan at G7 British residents of Japan moving back to their home country with a Japanese spouse or children face problems. Rules introduced by the Cameron government in the past few years that apply to non-EU family members require proof of a legally...
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Walking the Rainbow Bridge

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04/18/2016
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Walking across the Rainbow Bridge is one of the most noteworthy walks Tokyo offers. The half-mile span takes approximately 30 minutes to cross. Many people, including Japanese, aren’t even aware that it is possible to walk across the bridge. Some compare it to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, but at 798 meters the bridge...
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UN Slams Japan over Culture of Child Sex

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04/04/2016
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TOKYO (majiroxnews)–When Mari Christine Tsunoda thinks of the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympics Games to be held in Japan, she worries about what will happen in a country where children, in her view, are already too vulnerable to sexual exploitation. “There will be a great influx of foreigners coming to Japan for the summer...
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Has the Prime Minister betrayed the Japanese people?

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11/22/2014
Has the Prime Minister betrayed the Japanese people?

Yukio Edano, the Secretary-general of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) asked this question at a press conference TOKYO (majirox news): The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) arranged three conditions with the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Shinzo Abe, before calling the election that swept the LDP to into power. These specific...
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Japan: The Mystery of the (Almost) Invisible Suicide

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06/30/2014
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Japanese media mysteriously go mum over dramatic incident TOKYO (majirox news) — On a Sunday afternoon, in the middle of Tokyo’s crowded Shinjuku district, a man sits on top of a bridge, pours a flammable liquid over himself and sets fire to it. He explains using a megaphone that he is doing this to...
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Court to KEPCO: no restart of #3 and #4

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06/05/2014
File photo shows Kansai Electric Power Co's Ohi nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture

  Courts in Japan rule against nuclear restart – what can we expect in the future? TOKYO (majirox news) — It may be too much to hope that Japan’s passive judiciary will lead a revolt against unpopular government policies, but according to Hiroshi Shimada and Kazuhiro Kasahara, who gave a June 3 press conference...
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New global dangers from US obesity epidemic

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04/01/2014
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Japanese researcher warns of “catastrophic consequences for the world” if current trends continue TOKYO (majirox news) — A researcher at a leading Japanese institution foresees a looming disaster – which he blames on Americans’ eating habits. Assistant Professor Futoi Oshiri of the Theoretical Physics Department at the Usoda Technical Institute claims that the Earth’s...
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Dissenting judge breaks 40-year silence

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03/31/2014
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The following article was originally written and published in 2007 about Iwao Hakamada. He recently was found innocent and freed after serving on death row for 48 years. By IPS Correspondent Catherine Makino TOKYO, Nov 11 2007 (IPS) – Norimichi Kumamoto says he still feels “tremendous anger” and cannot maintain his silence any longer....
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Banish that bug

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03/02/2014
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Beware the hidden eyes and ears TOKYO (majirox news) In Japan’s big cities, specialist “bug-hunters” cruise the streets in cars crammed with electronic gear, scanning for frequencies that reveal a hidden listening device. These specialists trace the devices to their exact location and alert residents of the bugged premises. Once granted permission to explore...
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