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Will revision of Technical Intern Training Program eliminate exploitation?

(Tokyo Shimbun: January 21, 2015 – pp. 24-25)    On Dec. 18, 2014, 26 Sri Lankan and 6 Vietnamese illegal residents were deported from Tokyo on a chartered plane. Although they were not participants in the Technical Intern Training Program (TITP), there were two Sri Lankan men in this group who had not received wages due to them.    According….Read more

  • 2015-01-21 15:00:00
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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Proving tests of advanced technologies to be conducted in special revitalization zones

(Mainichi: January 14, 2015 – p. 5)    Shigeru Ishiba, minister in charge of revitalizing local economies, disclosed at a press conference on Jan. 13 a plan to conduct real-world evaluations of advanced technologies in “special zones for revitalizing regional economies,” which will be designated this spring. The ministry will make good use of these proving tests in areas intermediary….Read more

  • 2015-01-14 15:00:00
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ECONOMY

Expensive imported cars selling well; mini vehicles having hard time

(Tokyo Shimbun: October 7, 2014 – p. 7) Data released by the Japan Automobile Importers Association on Oct. 6 shows that the number of imported cars (excluding those manufactured by Japanese carmakers) increased by 3.4% in September compared to the same month last year to 32,806 units. Expensive models sold particularly well, marking the first increase in six months since….Read more

  • October 7, 2014
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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ECONOMY

Skymark likely to stave off insolvency

(Mainichi: October 4, 2014 – p.1) Ailing Skymark Airlines Inc., the third largest carrier in Japan, was asked by Airbus S.A.S. to pay a cancellation fee of about 700 million dollars (approximately 76 billion yen). Since Airbus has accepted Skymark’s request to reduce the cancellation fee, Skymark is expected to be able to erase its capital deficit, sources disclosed on….Read more

  • October 4, 2014
  • , Mainichi
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ECONOMY > Energy

Editorial: Do not allow suspension of FIT to be setback for renewable energy

(Nikkei: October 3, 2014 – p. 2) A number of power companies have suspended their purchase of electricity generated with solar power and other renewable energies. Kyushu Electric Power Co. stopped signing new contracts with power producers in late September and Tohoku Electric and three other utilities are also suspending their feed-in-tariff (FIT) programs for the time being. The FIT….Read more

  • October 3, 2014
  • , Nikkei
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Japanese colleges moving online

Exactly a year ago, we reported on Japanese universities’ hesitancy to go online because of school administrators’ doubts about the appropriateness of offering lectures to outsiders free of charge and instructors’ concern that their courses might be unfavorably compared with those of rival educators. Times have changed. According to Asahi (3/21), dozens of local institutions of higher education are about….Read more

  • April 2, 2014
  • , Asahi
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POLITICS > Elections

Internet election campaigning in Japan still in its infancy

“I kissed the dust,” said Hiroki Komazaki, a 34-year-old alumnus of Keio SFC and the CEO of the non-profit organization Florence, which provides working parents with daycare solutions when their children are sick. His vexation this time was not Japan’s social and corporate culture that presses working mothers to choose between their professional careers and taking care of their children,….Read more

  • July 31, 2013
  • , Mainichi
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Book offers glimpse into life and mindset of “super IT student”

The name “Tehu” resonates among netizens of Japan, especially tech-savvy smartphone and tablet users in their teens and twenties. He is Satoru Cho, a Chinese resident of Japan who attends western Japan’s top secondary academy in Kobe City. The 17-year-old senior at Nada High School , who calls himself Tehu on the web, is best known for developing an iPhone….Read more

  • May 8, 2013
  • , Asahi
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Top-notch college students eager to share test-taking tips online

Although most Japanese institutions of higher education are still reluctant to open their ivory towers to outsiders, some local university students appear to be more “open-minded” in sharing their knowledge and expertise with high school students preparing for college entrance exams. According to AERA (3/17) and Yomiuri (2/26), University of Tokyo junior Taketsugu Hanabusa launched an online prep school called….Read more

  • March 27, 2013
  • Trending@Japan

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Japanese universities hesitant to go online

According to Wikipedia, 2012 was the year of the “massive open online course” (MOOC). These free online university courses are for large-scale interactive participation and open access via the web. Several well-financed MOOC providers associated with leading American universities emerged last year, including edX, Udacity, and Coursera, which have already attracted millions of knowledge-hungry netizens from around the world. Prominent….Read more

  • March 27, 2013
  • , Asahi
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