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Weaker brands will be weaker and the stronger ones get stronger, and that's an opportunity for us.

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Shohei Yamazaki, president of Dongfeng Motor Co, the Wuhan-based firm that is in a 50-50 joint venture with Nissan. Thanks to its partnership with Dongfeng, Nissan is one of the strongest Japanese passenger carmakers in China. Read

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The immigration authorities are running a system bereft of fairness and transparency. Japan is a party to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, meaning it is committed to recognizing people in need as refugees and protecting them.

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Attorney Yuki Maruyama, chairwoman of the immigration issue investigation project team of the association's Human Rights Protection Committee. Earlier this year, the government's Expert Committee on Detention and Deportation released a set of policy recommendations related to the long-term detention of foreign citizens without proper residency statuses in Japan. Read

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Kabukicho is not what it used to be, Japan’s No. 1 nightlife district. There is nothing left of it.

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Hidekazu Maki, 45, who used to run four izakaya in the Kabukicho district of Shinjuku Ward where there was a spike of coronavirus cases among nightlife workers and customers. After the central government issued a state of emergency, he closed three of them. Read

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People are becoming more aware of hygiene due to the spread of the coronavirus and taking measures such as sanitizing hands more often and wearing masks.

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A health ministry official, commenting on the drop in the number of flu patients. Only three influenza patients were reported in the week from Aug 31 to Sept 6, less than one-thousandth of the level in the same period last year, according to the ministry. Read

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We already have countermeasures in place, such as holding road safety courses for delivery staff and issuing warnings to those who travel exceeding speed limits, as well as giving them suspensions.

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A spokesperson for Uber Eats. Japanese police are calling on food delivery service operators to carry out thorough road safety measures as authorities are receiving reports of dangerous bicycle driving by delivery staff amid a surge in demand triggered by the coronavirus outbreak. Read

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I trust someone who enjoys their food, and especially enjoys their pancakes.

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Bill Granger, owner of the bills restaurant chain, saying he felt he had found a "kindred spirit" in Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga after Suga said he eats bills' famous ricotta hotcakes for breakfast three or four days a week. Read

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As many people refrain from going out, some children have fewer places where they feel safe and more kids are using our cafeterias. Now, more than ever, we need to provide places for children since many of them have family problems.

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Tomio Fujii, 73, chief director of Oita-based Sumire gakkyu, which runs seven children’s cafeterias in Oita Prefecture. Such cafeterias all over Japan not only provide meals to children of financially struggling families but also help detect child abuse and neglect cases. Read

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Animals also have to be subject to ‘concentration and selection’ as we consider how to spend limited budget and use limited land.

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Shinichiro Maki, director at Osaka Tennoji Zoo in Osaka, which has been “downsizing” animals to cut costs. Koalas were the most popular animal among the victims of downsizing and they have been loaned to overseas zoos for free. Read

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It is hard to fathom a Suga administration that doesn't closely resemble the politics and policies of the Abe administration, given how Suga, known for his behind-the-scenes coordination skills, played a vital role in helping Abe govern.

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Patrick Cronin of the Hudson Institute, a Washington-based conservative think tank, saying the U.S. will be looking to strengthen ties with Japan under Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Read

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The coronavirus outbreak has worsened the already serious shortage of doctors working in intensive care units, but online monitoring can ease their burdens.

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Kotani Toru, the head of Showa University Hospital's ICU division. The hospital is using the internet to monitor about 50 ICU patients at two of its hospitals. Doctors and nurses at the monitoring center check their blood pressure and heart rate. Read

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