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If people start working two hours early and finish two hours early, consumer spending is expected to rise. But given the labor shortage, the end of working time may not change and people may still work longer hours.


Toshihiro Nagahama, executive chief economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute, saying that the impact of daylight saving time on Japanese work styles could be mixed. Read

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They demonstrate higher abilities than non-disabled people if they’re appointed to sections that are suited to their respective conditions. Not only do they help resolve the labor shortage, they’re also reliable workers for my company.


Ryutaro Iwasaki, president of security company ATU Holdings in Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, which has been actively employing disabled people since 2014. Today, 16 of its 37 employees have disabilities. Read

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We've clarified our readiness to provide North Korea with economic assistance after comprehensively resolving the nuclear, missile and abduction issues and normalizing diplomatic relations.


Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, saying the Japanese government is confident that North Korea will eventually come to the negotiation table over the issue of abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korean spies decades ago. Read

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It is a fact that many female doctors quit to give birth and raise a child, so I understand that hospitals don’t want to hire too many female doctors.


A woman doctor in her 40s, who stopped practicing to raise a child, expressing empathy for hospitals that shun female physicians. She said she found the job physically exhausting as she was often summoned to provide emergency care at night. Read

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There will also be a need to develop an environment so that staff working at various airports will be able to provide assistance in a flexible manner when they see a need for such support.

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Akihiro Mihoshi, a professor emeritus at Kindai University who has specialized in barrier-free designs. He said obligating all airlines to provide provide ways for wheelchair fliers to board planes is important because many wheelchair users had resigned themselves to not taking smaller planes that could only be boarded using a… Read

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Our goal is to create unmanned production lines that can operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We expect this to address problems with productivity and labor shortages.


Masato Uno, chairman of the Hiroshima Manufacturing Engineering Association, a consortium of Mazda suppliers and IT companies. Read

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It is not possible to have an uncontested election.

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Former Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba, saying he is "95% ready" to announce his candidacy in the ruling party's presidential election in September. If he does so, he would be challenging Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Read

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In the long term, we need to reduce the amount of plastic waste generated while simultaneously increasing the number of recycling facilities.


Michikazu Kojima, senior economist at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia and an expert on recycling issues. The Environment Ministry plans to step up efforts to recycle disposable plastic products which are rapidly accumulating in Japan. Read

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