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Smaller firms are in a tough situation. They don't have leeway to raise wages to attract and keep employees because surging raw material prices are squeezing their profits.

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A spokesperson for the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, commenting on the results of a survey that showed 65% of 2,880 small and medium-sized companies polled did not have enough workers, with the construction, transportation, hotel and restaurant sectors, hit hardest. Read

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Someone tracked down a young female employee on social media from the full name printed on her name tag, and they began stalking her. A customer also threatened to expose an employee's name on the internet.

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A manager at a major pharmacy chain. Pharmacists are being victimized by stalkers and customer harassment as it becomes easier to identify staff online from their name tags. Read

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Not only students from Islamic states but curious Japanese students can enjoy the delicacies. Through the cafeteria, I want them to become interested in each other’s cuisine cultures.

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Yoichiro Yoshinaga, who manages the student restaurant at the University of Miyazaki which offers five halal meals prepared according to Islamic traditions, irrespective of whether students are Muslims. Read

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There have probably been many near-misses in the past. I hope the government informs people about the risks of bird attacks when it issues certifications to drone pilots.

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Junichi Iinuma, a spokesman for the Japan Drone Association (JDA). With the use of drones to transport goods expected to increase in the future, especially in rural areas and on remote islands, reports of bird attacks have triggered calls for the government to raise awareness of the dangers involved among… Read

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A lot of people became accustomed to buying ready-made food at supermarkets or cooking at home instead of eating out during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Shun Tanaka, a senior analyst at SBI Securities Co. He says that if chain restaurants cannot offer added value such as better ingredients, they could lose customers and may end up closing several branches. Read

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It's important to be aware that this is not just a family problem but a social issue. We hope that this survey will help teachers and staff, who have many opportunities to interact with children, to detect any abnormalities.

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Ai Nishisako, co-chair of Tsurumi Young Carers Lab, a group of care managers and mental health workers in a Yokohama ward. It conducted a survey which found that over 40% of the teachers and staff at elementary schools and over 60% of those at junior high schools in Tsurumi Ward… Read

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People are apparently finding it difficult to donate food because they also need to secure their own food amid surging prices. Not being familiar with food banks, some people even throw away their surplus food.

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Makoto Fujita, a spokesman for Food Bank Kanagawa, which collects through donations food products. He says an increasing number of people, including students and single-parent households, are seeking food aid, leading to shortages of food to be provided. In addition, the amount of food donated is declining due chiefly to… Read

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Our purchase costs for ingredients, boxes and other items have increased, so it was necessary to take the decision to raise prices.

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A spokesperson for Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores Co, which has hiked its prices for boxed osechi meals, the assortment of traditional dishes eaten during the New Year holidays. by between 5% and 10%. Read

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A price beyond our expectations has been presented. We have been giving orders to reduce the cost.

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Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui, commenting after expenses for the Osaka Pavilion facility, which will be exhibited by the Osaka Prefectural Government, Osaka Municipal Government, and others at the 2025 World Exposition, were predicted to balloon to around 10 billion yen, some 2.5 billion yen more than the initial estimate. Read

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The church itself does not have the power to pass bills. The church hasn’t given me specific suggestions, but I thought I should do what I could under the LDP umbrella.

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Hideo Mima, 73, a Tokushima city assembly member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, who remains a follower of the Unification Church and says he has no plans to sever his ties with the church despite instructions to do so from the top echelons of the LDP. Read

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