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[9 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

Unlike many new graduates, Issei Iimura won’t feel too nervous when he begins working at Asatsu-DK Inc, a major advertising company in Tokyo, next spring.
That’s because Iimura, 22, now a last year university student, got not only a job at the company, but also a mentor, Shotaro Nieda, 30, through the company’s unique recruitment system.
For the 2017 business year starting next April, Asatsu-DK changed its system of hiring new graduates, and began allowing jobseekers to choose who they want to be interviewed by.
It selected some 90 people among its employees …

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[4 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

Japan plans to build the world’s fastest-known supercomputer in a bid to arm the country’s manufacturers with a platform for research that could help them develop and improve driverless cars, robotics and medical diagnostics.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will spend 19.5 billion yen on the previously unreported project, a budget breakdown shows, as part of a government policy to get back Japan’s mojo in the world of technology. The country has lost its edge in many electronic fields amid intensifying competition from South Korea and China, home to …

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[1 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

Universal Parks & Resorts and Nintendo are joining forces to add video game characters to the theme park company’s resorts.
Company officials said Tuesday that Nintendo-themed areas will be added to Universal parks in Orlando, Los Angeles and Osaka, Japan.
Few other details were given, including when they would open and the types of experience that would be offered.
A Universal spokesman didn’t respond to an email seeking further details.
A news release says the Nintendo areas will include attractions, restaurants and shops.
The areas will open separately at the parks over the next several …

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[26 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

A Korean woman dressed in traditional attire has held her arms wide open for a hug in the middle of a busy street in Osaka, Japan, where anti-Korea sentiment has been running high recently.
A wooden sign in front of her read in Japanese: “I am Korean. Anti-Korea rally is taking place across the street. But I trust you. Would you like a hug?”
Her eyes were covered and nervousness was etched on her face.
Yoon Su-yeon stood on the street Monday to offer hugs to Japanese passersby.
A group of anti-Korea protesters marched …

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[21 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

Japan is planning to allow foreigners with advanced expertise to apply for permanent resident status after living in the country for only a year, compared with five years currently, government sources said Saturday.
The government hopes to put the change into practice as early as in fiscal 2017 starting in April of that year, they said.
Japan plans to reduce the requisite period for permanent residency to secure individuals with high technical or managerial expertise, they said. The government’s growth strategy package compiled in June floated the idea of creating a “Japanese …

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[17 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

Hoping to jolt Japan’s limp consumer spending, policymakers and business leaders are considering plans to let workers leave by 3 p.m. on the last Friday of each month to encourage them to shop, dine out and generally spend more.
Both the government and companies are currently discussing the proposed initiative, dubbed “Premium Fridays”, which, according to two people with knowledge of the proposal, could begin as early as February.
Retailers desperate for measures that could lift the consumption gloom say they’d welcome such a plan.
“We are hoping it will promote a change …

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[26 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

The top executive overseeing connected vehicles at Nissan and Renault believes the benefits of developing a common technology for connectivity within the Japanese and French auto partnership outweigh the risks of sustaining huge damage from a possible defect or cyberattack.
Ogi Redzic, senior vice president at the Renault-Nissan Alliance, oversees such connected services, including staying connected with family, navigating best routes and remote control of vehicles — an area where all the world’s automakers are trying to gain an edge.
Redzic, formerly of Motorola and Nokia, was tapped for the post at …

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[23 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

Japan’s health ministry is set to conduct the first large-scale survey on the nation’s medical services for foreign patients as part of its efforts to improve such services and boost the number of facilities friendly to them ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, ministry sources said Saturday.
Targeting some 4,000 hospitals and other medical facilities nationwide, the survey will assess records of past medical treatments given to foreign nationals and interpretation provided to them.
Foreign visitors to Japan reached a record 19.74 million in 2015 and medical demand from foreigners …

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[20 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

Tokyo and Kyoto have been picked as the world’s best and second best cities outside the United States, the U.S. travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler said Tuesday.
Magazine readers cast more than 100,000 votes for their favorite cities in the 2016 poll, according to the website of the magazine, and Japan’s current and ancient capitals climbed the ranking from 15th and ninth the previous year, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization.
Italy’s Florence ranked third in the poll.
The magazine highlighted Tokyo’s variety encompassing modern skyscrapers, historic temples and shrines, adding it …

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[9 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

Japanese microbiologist Yoshinori Ohsumi has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in medicine for his work on cell autophagy, a process that helps the body remove unwanted proteins but can also lead to conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Ohsumi, 71, of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, is credited with discovering the mechanisms that allow cells to break down and recycle unwanted components. They enclose the item in a sack and then transport it to a recycling unit known as a lysosome for destruction.
“Difficulties in studying the phenomenon meant that little was known …