Category Archives: Current Affairs

Abe to keep putting highest priority on economy in 2017

Abe pledges $8.7 billion investments, aid in drug war to Philippines

Abe pledges $8.7 billion investments, aid in drug war to Philippines   Click here to view origi MANILA, Philippines — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday pledged $8.7 billion…

Think tank expert says Japan should lead in TPP renegotiations without U.S. participation

Abe Asia tour to focus on bolstering ties amid rising Chinese assertiveness

Abe Asia tour to focus on bolstering ties amid rising Chinese assertiveness Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam on a six-day trip starting Thursday…

Japan's 'Tuna King' wins annual auction for Y74.2 mil

Japan’s ‘Tuna King’ wins annual auction for Y74.2 mil

Japan’s ‘Tuna King’ wins annual auction for Y74.2 mil Japan’s self-styled “Tuna King” has done it again—paying more than 74 million yen for a single fish. Sushi entrepreneur Kiyoshi Kimura…

Experts warn Japan’s language schools are becoming a front for importing cheap labor

Experts warn Japan’s language schools are becoming a front for importing cheap labor

Experts warn Japan’s language schools are becoming a front for importing cheap labor A 29-year-old Nepalese student in Tokyo has found herself stuck in limbo with her dreams derailed, and…

MVP Cameron carries unbeaten Fujitsu to Rice Bowl triumph

MVP Cameron carries unbeaten Fujitsu to Rice Bowl triumph

MVP Cameron carries unbeaten Fujitsu to Rice Bowl triumph Two years ago, Colby Cameron played the role of a cheerleader on the sideline and watched his teammates beat the Kwansei…

Rural Japan halted 60 traditional folk events due to depopulation, aging

Rural Japan halted 60 traditional folk events due to depopulation, aging

Rural Japan halted 60 traditional folk events due to depopulation, aging Sixty traditional festivals and dances in 20 prefectures designated by local governments as intangible folk culture assets have been…

Worrying times for job security in Japan

Worrying times for job security in Japan

Worrying times for job security in Japan The year 2016 was no walk in the park for workers nationwide. At one extreme, we have Matsuri Takahashi, a 24-year-old worker who…

Train, casino, reactor woes to grab Kansai headlines in ’17

Train, casino, reactor woes to grab Kansai headlines in ’17

Train, casino, reactor woes to grab Kansai headlines in ’17 OSAKA – A casino, an expo, tourists, trains, and old nuclear power plants. These are just some of the major…

Top court rules in favor of U.S. base relocation in Okinawa

Top court rules in favor of U.S. base relocation in Okinawa

Top court rules in favor of U.S. base relocation in Okinawa TOKYO — Japan’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favor of the central government in its bid to relocate a…

Japan's November exports beat expectations as yen tumbles, volumes rise

Japan’s November exports beat expectations as yen tumbles, volumes rise

Japan’s November exports beat expectations as yen tumbles, volumes rise TOKYO — Japan’s export performance improved strongly in November as rapid decline in the yen and a recovery in overseas…