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Women make up 11.9% of corporate managers, MHLW survey

On July 26, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) announced the results of its Fiscal 2015 Basic Survey of Gender Equality in Employment Management. The survey found that women made up 11.9% of those of section-manager or higher rank at private-sector companies. This is a record high and an increase of 2.8 percentage points over the fiscal 2013….Read more

  • July 27, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 6
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ECONOMY > Labor

Foreign trainees working in 80% of municipalities

Kyodo News reported on Saturday that a survey they conducted shows that 1,240 municipalities (77%) have trainees (including interns) registered as residents. According to the same survey, the trainees form the biggest group among resident foreigners in 467 municipalities. 1,396 municipalities (87%) have permanent residents, showing the trend of foreigners settling in Japan.   The number of municipalities that answered….Read more

  • July 24, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 4
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Can JA Zen-Noh “monopoly” be tackled in the fall?

The stage is set for the reform of the Japan’s Agricultural Cooperatives (JA). The main battlefield will be the National Federation of Agricultural Co-operative Associations (JA Zen-Noh), which effectively monopolizes the fertilizer and agrichemical markets. Shinjiro Koizumi, the head of the Liberal Democratic Party’s Agriculture and Forestry Division, intends to make price reductions in the agricultural materials market, which Zen-Noh….Read more

  • July 23, 2016
  • , Nikkei , p. 2
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ECONOMY

Japanese business leaders alarmed by Trump’s anti-TPP remarks

Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) held its summer forum on July 21-22 in Nagano Prefecture. During the forum, many business leaders expressed concern about Donald Trump, who was officially nominated as presidential candidate of the U.S. Republican Party. They are feeling uneasy about the impact of Trump’s policy on the effectuation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement and the purchase of….Read more

  • July 23, 2016
  • , Nikkei , p. 3
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ECONOMY > Trade

TPP extremely precarious as “Hillary follows Trump” in criticizing the trade pact

The tidal wave set off by the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (EU) has reached the Pacific Ocean. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is putting forward protectionist policies in his campaign, has announced that he will pull America from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact. As opposition to the TPP mounts [in the U.S.], Democratic presidential candidate….Read more

ECONOMY

Gov’t to propose rules for IoT intellectual property protection

The Japanese government announced on Friday that it will propose the establishment of international rules to protect intellectual property rights for the IoT (Internet of Things), which refers to internet connections between things such as cars and household electronics. The government will present the proposal at a meeting of World Trade Organization negotiators starting on July 25 in Geneva, Switzerland.….Read more

ECONOMY > External Relations

U.S. urges Japan not to engage in “currency war”

Saturday evening’s Mainichi and Nikkei reported on a meeting in Chengdu, China, between Treasury Secretary Lew and Finance Minister Aso, during which Lew emphasized the importance of avoiding a currency war. He also said it is important for leading economies to mobilize all policy steps available, such as fiscal and financial policies and structural reforms, to support global economic growth.

  • July 23, 2016
  • , Mainichi evening edition
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ECONOMY > Trade

Suga calls on U.S. to promote domestic procedures necessary to ratify TPP

In response to Republican presidential candidate Trump’s acceptance speech in which he reiterated his opposition to the TPP, Saturday morning’s Yomiuri quoted Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga as telling reporters on July 22: “The leaders of the 12 nations agreed to seek the early ratification of the TPP at a summit last November. We expect all nations, including the U.S., to….Read more

  • July 23, 2016
  • , Yomiuri
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ECONOMY > Trade

Japanese business leaders alarmed by Donald Trump’s anti-TPP stance

Saturday morning’s Nikkei reported on page 3 on a forum held on July 21-22 by the Japanese Business Federation, or Nippon Keidanren, during which many voiced concerns about the official nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican presidential candidate. The paper said Japanese business leaders are alarmed that if Trump is elected president, the ratification of the TPP and Japan’s….Read more

ECONOMY > Economic Policy

Economic measures to exceed 20 trillion yen

TBS reported at noon that the GOJ is making arrangements with the ruling coalition to draft next month economic measures that will exceed 20 trillion yen, a major increase from the original assumption of about 10 trillion yen. The network said, however, that net fiscal spending is expected to be just over 3 trillion yen, adding that some are calling….Read more

  • July 22, 2016
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