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Ex-PM Hatoyama’s research institute might complicate Henoko relocation plan

(THEMIS: February 2015 – pp. 12-13)    Security legislation and Henoko relocation will be the two critical issues for the Abe administration from now on. However, the East Asian Community Institute (EACI) headed by former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama may complicate the Henoko relocation issue.    The EACI counts among its directors anti-U.S. pundits Okinawa University Professor Osamu Ogata and….Read more

  • 2015-02-20 15:00:00
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Criticism mounts over Health Ministry’s online manga on public pension system

(Tokyo Shimbun: February 8, 2015 – p. 1)    The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is under fire for an online manga posted on its website to promote understanding of the public pension system. In the manga a young female character encourages another woman to bear many children to sustain the pension system, giving the impression that the government….Read more

  • 2015-02-10 15:00:00
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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POLITICS

Education Ministry proposes core technologies to be developed from FY16 to FY20

(Nikkei: February 2, 2015 – p. 15)    The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has selected core technologies for its latest five-year basic plan for science and technology, with a particular focus on fields that are difficult for the private sector alone to handle.    The proposal, which spans from fiscal 2016 and 2020, calls for concentrating….Read more

  • 2015-02-04 15:00:00
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Violations of the Technical Internship Program to be penalized

(Asahi: January 31, 2015 – p.6)    An advisory panel of experts of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (panel head: Kazuteru Tagaya, Dokkyo University professor) reviewed the Technical Internship Program (TIP) and released a report on Jan. 30. Although the report includes penalties for illegal acceptance of foreign interns, some say “the report….Read more

  • 2015-02-02 15:00:00
  • , Asahi
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POLITICS

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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POLITICS

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
  • , Mainichi
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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
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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
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