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It’s hoped that foreign students would join Japanese firms after graduation and continue living in the country. Furthermore, foreign students are, in fact, supporting Japan’s workforce as part-timers. It’s necessary for Japanese public and private sectors, and academics, to jointly develop a system to welcome foreign students as members of Japanese society.

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Hiroshi Ota, professor at the Center for General Education at Hitotsubashi University, and an expert on policies related to foreign students. As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on education systems worldwide, a Japanese program to welcome more than 300,000 foreign students is at a crossroads. Entry restrictions are blocking many… Read

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The government has been one step behind on everything, and people have been forced to run around in confusion. It’s such a waste of taxpayers’ money.

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A 40-year-old company employee in Yokohama, who has booked a hotel in Osaka for a family trip during the New Year holidays. The government's decision to remove Osaka and Sapporo from its Go To Travel campaign has created confusion among travelers hoping to benefit from the tourism-promotion program. Read

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The pandemic is driving non-regular workers and the self-employed into a corner, and that the government must implement measures to protect their jobs.

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Shimizu Yasuyuki, who heads Tokyo-based NPO LIFELINK. The health ministry says 705 working-age men in their 20s to 50s, and 640 women committed suicide nationwide in September. Read

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Hello Work, Go To Travel, My Number Card; the English used for government programs is strange and doesn't make sense to native speakers.

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Tokyo Woman's Christian University professor Chikako Tsuruta, head of a group of eight researchers and interpreters who have come together to try and fix the problem of strange English they see on public signs and official web pages in Japan. Read

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At present, Hokkaido and Tokyo are in Stage 3 situations in which infected people are sharply increasing. The review came late. It should have been conducted at least two weeks ago.

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Yoshito Niki, visiting professor of infectious disease at Showa University. Japanese infectious disease experts criticized Saturday's decision by the government to review its Go To Travel campaign, saying the move came too late with little effect expected. Read

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If we say wage growth is impossible this time because of COVID, then we’ll be totally neglecting our responsibility to the economy. There is a serious concern that Japan could fall back into deflation without pay gains.

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Rikio Kozu, head of Rengo, Japan’s biggest labor union, saying COVID-19 won’t stop it demanding pay increases for its seven million members even after the worst year for corporate profits since the global financial crisis. Read

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The pandemic has brought Japan's intense 'peer pressure' to light.

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Naoki Sato, co-author of the recently published book "Peer pressure -- why Japanese society is so suffocating." He was commenting on so-called jishuku keisatsu -- "virus vigilantes," people who anonymously confront those seen as flouting prevention and control measures. They have left notes on the doors of many places of business that… Read

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There have been no major differences between 50 percent capacity and 86 percent capacity. There are no issues that we cannot overcome to increase the number of spectators.

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Tomoko Namba, the owner of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars baseball team. A total of 4.82 million people attended 720 professional baseball games in the Central and Pacific leagues this season. Only two people were found to be infected with the coronavirus after attending, but health centers did not find any… Read

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Now that companies have realized people can work outside the office, if they are forced to choose between cutting costs on office or labor, I think most will cut office first.

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Akihiko Murai, portfolio manager, Fidelity International. Signs of exodus from Tokyo could put pressure on offices, key assets of Japan's 12 trillion yen REITs (real estate investment trusts). Read

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We want to prevent the number of passengers in peak hours from increasing sharply after people come back.

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JR East President Yuji Fukasawa. JR East will run a reward point program for a year from next spring to promote staggered commuting. It will give points to passengers who use commuter pass functions of their Suica train fare cards in off-peak hours in the morning on weekdays in the… Read

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