Posts Tagged ‘ Tokyo ’

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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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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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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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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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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Rape victim of US military in Japan wins US case

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12/16/2013
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News of a ruling in Milwaukee broke in late November in favor of Catherine Fisher’s 12-year legal struggle. “This victory is not only for her, but also for other victims of sexual violence by U.S. military personnel,” said one women’s rights advocate TOKYO (majirox news) — A 12-year battle for justice took an enormous...
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Japan’s secret bill passes upper house committee

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12/05/2013
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As thousands protest, a press briefing attempted to put to rest some of the fears surrounding Japanese legislation relating to official secrets TOKYO (majirox news) — Six thousand people joined hands to form a chain around the Japanese Diet building on the evening of December 4 in a protest against the “Secrets Bill” introduced...
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Update: Secrecy bill passes Japan’s lower house

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11/26/2013
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UPDATE Despite popular opposition, with thousands of Japanese taking to the streets, the bill was passed in the lower house as expected on November 26. It is expected to clear the upper house before December 6 and then become law. Some observers see parallels to a similar law enacted in 1925, at the start...
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Telecommuting as workforce alternative

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10/31/2013
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Mobile workers improve production, save money TOKYO (majirox news) — They are called telecommuters. They set up their laptops and other mobile devices at cafés such as Starbucks, in serviced offices or at home. Advances in technology, such as video- and tele-conferencing, smartphones and tablets, are cutting the ties between people and offices –...
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